(Update) – The special discussion between UNP leader – Ranil Wickremasinghe and President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been limited to 40 minutes.
The discussion was held at the Presidential Secretariat today morning (17) and was a result of the phone discussion Mr. Wickremesinghe had with the President on Sunday (15) over COVID-19 mitigation measures.
During the meeting, the UNP leader has emphasised the importance of implementing the set of proposals unveiled by his party on Sunday.
However, media affiliated to Sajith Premadasa had attempted to portray the meeting as a prelude to Mr. Wickremesinghe joining the government.
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Ranil to meet President; Sajith’s group worried
A meeting is to take place between UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today (17).
This is as a result of a telephone conversation yesterday (16) between the two, regarding the Covid-19 situation in the country.
Wickramasinghe has left Colombo to attend the funeral of the father of UNP Deputy Leader Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and is scheduled to meet the President on his return.
UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena, in a Facebook post has also confirmed the meeting set for today, stating that the UNP stance regarding the current crisis will be be presented to the President.
Sajith’s group disturbed by news
Meanwhile, Sajith Premadasa’s group has reportedly asked media institutions supportive towards them to publish news stating the meeting between Wickremasinghe and the President is regarding his joining the ruling party.