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Anura blasts ‘despicable’ foreign policy

National Heritage Minister Anura Bandaranaike launched a scathing attack on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy, calling it as one of the most irresponsible and despicable foreign policies ever practised in this country.

In a letter addressed to Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona on Thursday, Bandaranaike said, “I received your letter of November 20, 2007 to discuss strategy on foreign policy on the same day. I would not have come any way as I think your Ministry conducts the most irresponsible and despicable foreign policy ever practised in this country.”

Commenting on the Pakistani issue, Bandaranaike noted that Sri Lanka’s behaviour was bizarre to say the least.
“When the US and UK invaded Iraq (one of our closest allies), we remained totally silent while powerful nations like France and Germany and many other nations came out strongly against the Iraqi invasion,” he said in his letter.

According to the Minister, the callousness of certain people was amply demonstrated when a massive delegation of over 100 people, which in itself was unprecedented, was taken to China to celebrate 50 years of relations between China and Sri Lanka.

“It would be only natural that the only son of these two leaders (S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike) should have been invited to accompany the delegation to China. Instead common thugs and morons were included in the delegation to China. Going or not going on the Presidential delegation was a matter entirely left for me to decide but the courtesy was never extended,” he lamented.

He concluded his letter stating that all at the Foreign Ministry officials are responsible for the present situation, especially Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and therefore, he will not be taking part in any such meetings due to the duplicitous and absurd foreign policy.

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