Gotabaya Rajapaksa has met with a team of top advisors to President Maithripala Sirisena in China, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
China had invited a five-person team and had also invited Rajapaksa separately but had arranged a meeting of both parties.
Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that parliamentarians Rev Athureliye Rathana Thero and S.B. Dissanayake as well as Sirisena’s confidantes Shiral Lakthillake, Harsha Kumara Navaratne and Dr Lalith P Samarakoon (Secretary General of the National Economic Council headed by Sirisena) had been invited, but that the team had left for China on March 28 sans Rev Rathana Thero and S.B. Dissanayake.
What the parties discussed is yet unknown but speculation is rife in politics circles that the no confidence motion, possible outcomes and understanding between the SLFP and the Joint Opposition may have been discussed.
The group is scheduled to return to Colombo tomorrow (4th) whereas Rajapaksa is on a longer visit and will be out of the country for several more weeks.
Meanwhile another group of parliamentarians had also visited China on a ‘development exposure tour’ but the UNP MPs of the contingent had been hurriedly summoned back by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Lakthilaka is said to be among President Sirisena’s closest confidantes to the point that he was one of the emissaries sent by Sirisena to arrange a meeting with Gotabaya Rajapaksa as mentioned in MP Malith Jayatilleka’s book (The January 8th that I saw) in April 2015.