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‘Agitation Site’ is in the wrong place – Defence Secretary

COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary General (Retd) G D H Kamal Gunaratne conceded that the 'Agitation Site' introduced by then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in the wrong place."We have understood that the agitation site was declared in the wrong place. Many accomadation sites used by Foreign Envoys are located in this particular are as well.

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Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya expected to go to Thailand – sources
(Reuters) – Sri Lanka's ousted president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is expected to arrive in Thailand on Thursday, seeking temporary shelter in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests, two sources said.Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on July 14, via the Maldives, following unprecedented unrest triggered by Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis in seven decades and days after thousands of protesters stormed the president's official residence and office.The retired military officer then resigned from the presidency, becoming the first Sri Lankan president to quit mid-term.The former president is expected to leave Singapore and go to Thailand's capital Bangkok on Thursday, two sources said, asking not to be named.Sri Lanka's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Thai government spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek told Reuters “no comment”.Rajapaksa has not made any public appearances or comments since leaving Sri Lanka, and Singapore's government said this month that the city-state had not accorded him any privileges or immunity. A member of the influential Rajapaksa family, the 73-year-old served in the Sri Lankan military and later as defence secretary.During his time as defence secretary government forces finally defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 to end the Sri Lankan civil war.
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Former Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled his country amid massive protests against his government last month, was not being provided any privileges, immunity, or hospitality, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on July 13 and reached Singapore the next day in the face of public revolt against his government's mishandling of the economy.The 73-year-old leader emailed his resignation letter to the Parliament Speaker on July 14, soon after he was allowed by Singapore to enter the city-state on a "private visit"."In general, the Singapore government does not accord privileges, immunity, and hospitality to former heads of state or heads of government," Balakrishnan said in a written reply to a question in parliament on Monday."Consequently, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not accorded any privileges, immunity or hospitality," he wrote in response to the question from parliamentarian Gerald Giam of the opposition Workers' Party.Replying to a question from ruling People's Action Party parliamentarian Yip Hon Weng on concerns that Singapore will become a "destination for political fugitives", Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said, "Foreigners who possess a valid travel document and meet entry requirements will be allowed to come into Singapore.
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa gets short-term visit pass in Singapore extended
Singapore; Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to extend his stay in Singapore.The Straits Times in Singapore reported that his short-term visit pass, which was issued when he arrived here on a private visit two weeks ago, has been extended by another 14 days.This development comes as Sri Lanka’s Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena told reporters on Tuesday (July 26) that he was expected to return home.He added that he was not aware of when the former president was returning but emphasised Mr Rajapaksa was not in hiding, neither was he in exile.Another Sri Lankan government official who asked not to be identified said Rajapaksa wanted to return home as soon as possible and was keen to live again at his private residence in the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo.On July 14th, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 73, was issued a 14-day visit pass when he arrived at Changi Airport on a Saudia flight from the Maldives.He had fled Sri Lanka amid a deepening economic crisis and widespread protests against his government as soaring inflation affected the prices of basic necessities such as food and fuel.Shortly after he arrived in Singapore, Rajapaksa tendered his resignation, which was officially announced by the Sri Lanka parliament on July 15.His ally and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was voted in by lawmakers as the new president last week.The Straits Times reported that the new visa Rajapaksa has been issued will expire on Aug 11.Gotabaya Rajapaksa initially stayed at a hotel in the city centre, but is believed to have moved to a private residence.He has kept a low profile since he arrived, and has not been seen in public.Shortly after he arrived on July 14, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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