20 May, 2024

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Diplomatic Controversy Unfolds As Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Faces Backlash Over Comments On Canada

By Bumei A Gaffoor

A recent diplomatic dispute has emerged, focusing on Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Ali Sabry, and his remarks concerning Canada. Sabry’s statements have ignited criticism, with many questioning his diplomatic acumen. This controversy revolves around his response to allegations by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau against India, which Sabry contends are irrelevant to Sri Lanka.

Sabry’s criticism of Trudeau was forceful, accusing the Canadian leader of making audacious claims without offering substantial evidence. He exacerbated the situation by drawing parallels between Canada’s historical accusations against Sri Lanka, particularly the disputed claim of genocide, and vehemently denying the occurrence of such events. Sabry went even further by questioning Trudeau’s recent association with an individual linked to the Nazis, implying hypocrisy on the part of the Canadian leader.

Critics argue that Ali Sabry should draw lessons from his diplomatic predecessors when dealing with intricate international issues. Canada’s significant role as a provider of humanitarian aid and financial assistance to Sri Lanka is a fact that should not be underestimated. Canada’s consistent advocacy for minority rights and its willingness to exert pressure on Sri Lanka regarding human rights issues when necessary should be acknowledged.

Sabry’s statements are not only considered unhelpful but also poorly thought-out, potentially jeopardizing the positive image and reputation Sri Lanka has painstakingly built on the global stage. In the aftermath of this controversy, many diplomats are calling on President Ranil Wickremesinghe, a seasoned diplomat with a strong track record in foreign policy, to reconsider Sabry’s position as Foreign Minister and distance the government from Sabry’s controversial remarks.

In conclusion, Ali Sabry’s recent comments about Canada have ignited a heated debate and raised doubts about his diplomatic abilities. Sri Lanka’s longstanding relationship with Canada, founded on humanitarian assistance and a shared commitment to minority rights, must not be undermined by impulsive and ill-considered statements. As this diplomatic episode unfolds, President Ranil should conduct a comprehensive review of Sabry’s position and address the controversy openly, thereby reaffirming Sri Lanka’s unwavering commitment to fostering robust and respectful international relationships.

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    Ranil is late to replace his FM, Ali Sabry. Don’t expect diplomacy from either!

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    Ali Sabry is merely a satrap to the Rajapakses and at all times beholden to them and works to cover the Rajapakses crimes.

    Basil be careful!!! Next anti tamil Progrom you will be tragetted by the Eelam Tamils same as:

    Both Sánchez de Lozada and his defence minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzain, resigned and fled to the US, where they have lived ever since. In 2007, a civil lawsuit was brought against them in the US by eight Bolivian families whose relations were killed in 2003.
    Eleven years later, a federal jury found them responsible for the killings and awarded the plaintiffs $10m in compensatory damages.
    I am sure that Eelam Tamils are investigaating the Goat’s US Assets right now!!!
    Relentless the repercussions to the sinhalas nationally and internationally re sinhala acquiescence of the genocide of Eelam Tamils!!!

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    I think as a nation of beggars we are at a critical juncture in terms of security, economy and health above all.

    As a nation that is about to become Somalia, our representatives should be more cautious. Today, the world has recognized what Ethiopians have to say more than the opinion of Sri Lanka. Look at how it’s turned upside down, damn the MEDAMULANA b***sons and their long-term political self-indulgences.

    We can no longer hold our self-esteem. That was good enough for joker-politicians like the Rajapakses, but those fake days are gone.
    .
    . We are not an Indian colony btw. Although we have had the support of Indians since last year during the ongoing economic contraction, we should not create new kind hatreds on interntional arena.

    Our future depends only on our international relations.

    The destruction of this nation is not blamed on Prabhakaran but on Mahinda. It is becoming clear to many today. Actor Jackson Anthony is paying for misleading the nation, Mahinda is not there yet. But as clear as the sun rises every day, it will be a reality.
    We need all powerful countries for our good. We are being destroyed by the Rajapaksas and their supporters. Therefore, Sabry#s public statements about CANADA-INDIA should have been avoided. Sabri is a young politician like Trudeau.

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    “Sri Lanka’s unwavering commitment to fostering robust and respectful international relationships.”
    Why doesn’t the GoSL first and foremost FOSTER a respectful relationship with the minority Tamil speaking SL citizens. The ill-treatment meted out to the Tamil speaking population over the 7 decades is the main REASON for all the ills of the country. It is a pity that our country-men could not produce a single STATESMAN so far.
    A good brand new constitution that is passed by having a REFERENDUM is the only means to us to get out of the deep shit.

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    Pirabakaran contributed to the destruction of sinhala land by his war that facilitated the Rajapakses the so called lions (really jackals) of ruhunu as considered such by the 6.9million sinhalas, and Rajapakes ilk looting the sinhala land treasury.
    One wonders if Pirabakaran had even won whether the level of destruction of the sinhala land as currently now a beggar nation for the forseable future would have eventuated.
    As such the Rajapakses seem to have metaphorically worked somewhat hand in glove with the LTTE in bankrupting sinhala land to the extent that happenings indicate that cf to sinhala land government the Eelam Tamil international diaspora have more clout then the sinhala land government.
    Even the threatener of the Mullairivu magistrate the THUG Sarath weerasoriya said that the Eelam Tamil diaspora was the cause of him justifiably not getting a visa to the USA.

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      G
      I wonder if the late boss of the LTTE enriched the Tamil land by his deeds!

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      Gus

      “Pirabakaran contributed to the destruction of sinhala land by his war that facilitated the Rajapakses the so called lions (really jackals) of ruhunu as considered such by the 6.9million sinhalas, and Rajapakes ilk looting the sinhala land treasury.”

      In fact Prabaharan the Tin Pot psychopath (once a hero of SJ) destroyed North East more than the rest of the island. He also won a war and two elections for Rajapakses.

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    Leela I think you are a gem ! With your deep thoughts and perfect English, don’t you want to serve this poor nation as Foreign Minister

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      Thanks for mocking my earlier comment on the Canada-India rift. Ali Sabry acted so as Trudeu or any other young politcians (Cameran, Austrian Leader and several others). If AKD would get elected, it would be even no different to that of SORYSENA’s immomerable days of acting as the silliest srilanken head of state.

      I am questioning what else to expect from you (BOTOX BABIES) the kind of Rajapakse apologists .
      Now claims to be a medical doctor but behaves like the ones in Hamburger Rapebahn ?

      Honestly, I am dumb. I know that I am not perfect with my comments, however, I deal with different Europeans around the clock. You should stop being cynical and learn good English from our Old Codger. Good luck !

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      deepthi desperate silva

      ” With your deep thoughts and perfect English, don’t you want to serve this poor nation as Foreign Minister”

      No, don’t corrupt the few honest people who are left in this island.
      Instead go find Wimal, Weerasekere, Udaya, ……. Gunadasa (his mate pissu Silva is the High Commissioner to Myanmar) ….. Dayan, Chmpika, …..

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        deepthi desperate silva

        On second thought, why don’t you offer SJ the post of Ambassador to China?

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          Hello hunter, how are you these days?
          Is the doctor still dodging you?
          Sad.

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          deepthi desperate silva

          Will you agree to concurrently accredit SJ to be Ambassador to Mongolia and North Korea? The question is whether China wants to deal with a man who is rapidly going Ga Ga?

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            I say Vedda you write as if you are some high person with the right to comment on public matters !

            Did you forget to have your Vaddai in the morning ?

            Your boss OC must be a bacon and eggs guy at small BB places . Oh, being from that frugal community, one egg only

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        Dear NV,
        .
        Pissu NALIN DE SILVA so as JACKSON IS said to have got caught by KARMIC RETRIBUTION”: It may be true. JACKSON ANTHONY MISLED PUNNAKU-EATING PEOPLE on MEDAMULANA BEASTES: MISLED PUNNAKU-EATERS behaviour is similar to that of deaf-blind folks. .
        .
        Nalin, who publicly rebelled against Western medicine, is believed to have sneaked into the National Hospital to seek his own treatment for heart disease. Can you imagine the size of hypocrisy These men are considered our “learned scholars”. ……good luck to our youth !

        My sources revealed that bugger s isolation while reading for his PHD in the UK made him completely stand against Europe and the West.

        Readers can add your views, why on earth did Nalin de Silva create so much division in Sinhalese society by spreading blatant lies about our “Sinhalaness”?

        The newspapers did not mention anyting about Nalin De Silva since he is back from Myanmar.

        Perhaps, Chiran Virathu rapeed him during the tenure ?

        Either he may be caught by a terminal disease or his psyche is completely destroyed. Nalin’s Fans over to you, you may reveal us his latest… thanks.

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    Five Eyes network
    Indian & canada met in G20 and they disscussed some matter and immediately the trouble started as this shooting the death in canada has to be solve both of this countries has made some drama to solve this problem so they are going on direction to solve, Why is over foreign minsiter is targeting canada as there are many sri lankan there why our foreign minister taking the side of India in this. The positionof other Five Eyes network, which includes the US, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia, led to can to Canada’s public accusation that the Indian government may have.
    What will our foreign minister say?

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    Gota’s house boy shoots his mouth.

    Now you know why people don’t allow their houseboy to socialize with visitors or even family that come from out.

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    Ali Sabry an opportunistic Muslim politicians who was part and partial of the activites of SLPP, Gotabaya and Rajapaksa family including the attack on Muslim community after 2009 and Easter Bombing. He was the first Muslim politician without any previous experience in Economics or Foregin Policy elevated to Finance Minister, Justice Minister and Foreign MInister. When Rajapaksas or Ranil not bothered about the people of the country or economy of the country or the image of the country why should this opportunistic Muslim lawyer bother about the image of the country?

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    There is a serious charge that the Indian government had a hand in the murder of a Sikh extremist.
    I do not put anything beyond the Modi government.
    But there is protocol to follow in controversial matters.
    Explanation could have been sought through formal channels from the Indian government on matters that point to Indian involvement.
    What was Trudeau’s purpose in jumping the gun?
    This is not the first time that he has been pulled up for irresponsible public conduct.
    His public statement may fetch him some precious votes. But what it has achieved for Canada in the process?

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      “What was Trudeau’s purpose in jumping the gun?
      This is not the first time that he has been pulled up for irresponsible public conduct.
      His public statement may fetch him some precious votes. But what it has achieved for Canada in the process?”

      In Canada, it is clear that Trudeau’s popularity is at stake in the country and he will have to work hard to get more votes to survive the next election.

      I know this from European countries where some constituencies make big promises to even small immigrant communities in the run-up to elections. Even hundreds of voters’ advantages can help them get elected to local or central parliament. It is the same in Canada, Australia and European countries today.

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    Ali Sabry.PC .has put his foot into his mouth.
    Cant blame him .Diplomacy is foreign to him………………

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      Plato: “Ali Sabry. PC has put his foot into his mouth”. OR is it the other way?

      “Put his mouth into foot” – Bootlicking Rajapakses.?

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    The writer says: “…..many Diplomats are calling Ranil Wickramasinghe a seasoned Diplomat with a strong track record in Foreign Policy….”

    I invite Bamel A Gaffoor to watch the following link to asses RW’s track record:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcMSOa_TV6o

    The above is an interview by a Journalist in Germany – video Deutsche Wella

    Ranil W’s “Diplomatic” behavior is well displayed in that video

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    Understanding siding
    If the Canadian requests for substantial evidence. In this case, if the Canadians are correct and waiting to discover the proof of what the foreign answer is, when we feel related to our global we are able to develop and improve the quality of our involvement since connectedness and concern are remedies against ignorance and grudge, As a foreign minister it should be a diplomatic answer to convince Indian and heartened not to provoke aggravate and building walls.
    Identify the barriers in your life, and develop disciplined instant speech to the situation
    We only needed a light

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    Square pegs in round holes are nothing new in SL. Most Ministers are uneducated yobs but I expected a lawyer to be more diplomatic in his job as Foreign Minister. Boris J, when he was FM, made many blunders but he is a known buffoon, so, in that respect, we can forgive Ali Sabry but the fact remains that he has done serious damage to SL by taking sides without due diligence when SL is in need of friends. Canada has given refuge not only to Tamils but to other ethnic SLs, & as far as I am aware, Trudeau requested the cooperation of the Indian Govt. in solving the murder of a Canadian citizen but Modi rebuffed the request. Considering Modi’s racial ideology & previously condoning racial violence, it is quite possible Modi’s govt. was involved, which led to Trudeau’s accusation.

    Shouldn’t the FM be advised by competent people in the Ministry & shouldn’t he discuss with the President before making statements relating to foreign policy? We had bulls in China shops before, so I suppose, the world is aware of our stupid self serving Ministers. RW, if you want to be seen as a true statesman, start cracking the whip on your errant flock. The country needs competent people not self serving bum suckers.

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      Rather regrettably, Mr. Trudeau accused India being behind the killing of a Sikh, who India wanted on murder charge. He was pandering to the concern of the surreptitious foreign interreferences through new-Canadians of origin in China and India. He probably regrets the way he had handled the India file, as he is circumspect now, but the damage is done. One cannot take the words back.
      .
      Mr. Trudeau’s intended target audience was most likely to the benefit of the local Sikh community, but misfired.

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    It is important for the President to straighten Sri Lanka’s relationship with Canada immediately after such devastating misanalysis by the FM tagging on to the giants in modern diplomacy like Dr. Jaishankar.
    Histories of Sikhs in India and the Ceylon Tamils are way too different. Sikh community in India, two percent of the India’s population, enjoys best of services in India since independence being PM to President.
    Some Sikhs, especially in its diaspora who are well settled in the West, have their desire to create a faith based nation — for a faith that is only 500 years old, and formed to resist the height of Islamic invasions. Aspiring to similar one to that happened with Islamic population by the creation of faith based Pakistan in the British Raj, It is not out of oppression, just aspirational at militants controlled Gurduwaras.
    Tamils, the original inhabitants of Taprabane (Thamiraparani to Tampanni) have been disenfranchised and reduced to nothing in the majoritarian controlled society since independence that included a 30-year government-militants war. The FM who is benefitting from the difficulties of Tamils is nonsensical at best.
    He is not a suitable person for the job of diplomacy. Hope he will be removed from his assignment soon for the good of Sri Lanka.

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    Ali Sabri has been the family lawyer of the Rajapoxers for many years. Then Gotta appointed him as justice minister, with a vast conflict of interest and obvious loyalty to the king. Imagine what would have happened to the numerous court cases against the Poxes. Such are the doings of megalomaniacs and their sycophants. Now, it is too late to discuss the wrongdoings of such vermin. The main focus should be on reclaiming the people’s country from the parasites that infest it. The people must rise against their oppressors…now.

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