• I Have Not Had Any Meetings with President Sirisena, Formal or Informal.

    January 24, 2016

    I am writing to set the record straight about the claim in the Sunday Times Political Column (of Jan. 24) of an “informal meeting” between President Maithripala Sirisena and myself some weeks ago.

    This entire section of the column is inaccurate. President Sirisena and I have not held any talks as the newspaper claims. The last time I met the President was in Parliament during the meeting he had with the whole of the Joint Opposition. I am confident that the President, too, will attest to this fact.

    When an otherwise credible and respected newspaper makes blatantly false reports such as this, it not only tarnishes the image of the President and Parliamentarians, but it also misleads the public.

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