The President’s Media Unit confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena held a telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in less than 24 hours after Sirisena said the Indian state intelligence agency was plotting to kill him.
Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne and the Foreign Affairs Ministry have denied the media reports on the statement.
Sirisena has also blamed the UNP for not taking the alleged assassination attempt seriously.
A statement issued by Sirisena’s media unit confirmed his telephone conversation with Modi.
The statement issued by Sirisena’s office is as follows, “President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephone conversation this evening (Oct 17). Two leaders held a very cordial discussion, during which the developmental activities in Sri Lanka were discussed. Premier Modi assured the President that India would always provide every assistance to Sri Lanka’s progress and prosperity.
The Prime Minister said that the close friendship and cordiality would continue to be strong and expressed appreciation over President Sirisena’s efforts to maintain close relations with neighbours as well as other countries.
President Sirisena thanked Prime Minister Modi for India’s continuous support to Sri Lanka’s development and progress.”