Written by Teena Marian
21 Jul, 2022 | 6:21 pm
(THE HINDU); Former Sri Lanka President was issued a 14-day visit pass when he arrived in Singapore on July 14, reports the Hindu.
Singapore has granted a 14-day short-term visit pass to former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa as he entered the country on a “private visit” on July 14, according to immigration authorities in Singapore.
Rajapaksa, 73, on July 13 left Sri Lanka to the Maldives and then Singapore and resigned after a popular uprising against his government for mismanaging the economy.
In a statement released in response to media queries about Rajapaksa’s visit to Singapore, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that he was granted a short-term visit pass (STVP) on arrival, reported the Hindu.
Rajapaksa was issued a 14-day visit pass when he arrived in Singapore on July 14, according to a report by The Straits Times newspaper.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said last week that Mr. Rajapaksa has not asked for asylum and neither has he been granted any asylum.
The ICA said visitors from Sri Lanka who enter Singapore for social visits will generally be issued with an STVP with a duration of up to 30 days.
Those who need to extend their stay here may apply online for an extension of their STVP.
Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, said the ICA.
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