Sri Lanka’s former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeks to visit Thailand

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Sri Lanka’s former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeks to visit Thailand


Wed, Aug 10, 2022, 09:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is currently staying in Singapore, is scheduled to go to Thailand today (11), according to Reuters.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested entry into Thailand for a temporary stay, the Thai Foreign Ministry has said on Wednesday.

In the face of unprecedented public protests, former President fled the country first to the Maldives and then to Singapore.

On the night of last July 12, after receiving the approval of immigration officials, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife Mrs. Ayoma Rajapaksa and two others left for the Maldives in a plane belonging to the Sri Lankan Air Force.

After that, Mr. Rajapaksa and his group went from the capital Male to Singapore in a plane belonging to Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Gotabaya Rajapakse stayed in Singapore from July 14th and was granted visa for 14 days each by the Singapore government on two occasions. The visa period given to him by the Singaporean authorities expires today (11),

Rajapaksa is expected to leave Singapore and head to Thailand’s capital Bangkok on Thursday, Reuters reported according to two sources.

Thailand’s Foreign Ministry has said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa has no plans to seek political asylum in their country and with a diplomatic passport, the former President will be able to stay in Thailand for 90 days.

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