Sri Lanka says will not be dictated to by any foreign country

The Government today asserted that while it maintains good diplomatic relations, it will not agree to be dictated to by any country.

Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Gas Chandima Weerakkody told reporters that the Government will ensure Sri Lanka’s sovereignty is protected.

The Government of President Maithripala Sirisena will on Sunday celebrate two years in office after winning the January 2015 Presidential elections and ousting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Since taking office the Government has looked to strengthen diplomatic relations with the United States and has also looked to expand ties with China and India.

Weerakkody said that the Government will however decide what’s best for its people and not be directed by a foreign Government.

“This country is managed by our Government for our people,” he said.

Weerakkody said that under the policies of President Maithripala Sirisena the Government has been able to build a good relationship with all countries.

“We have not got angry with anyone,” he added.

The Government has been accused by the opposition of making decisions based on the expectations of western Governments.

Courtesy: Colombo Gazette

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