India denies helping Sri Lankan president and ex-finance minister flee



The Rajapaksa brothers, President Gotabaya, Prime Minister Mahinda and Basil during a congratulation

ECONOMYNEXT – India’s government has denied speculation it helped members of the Rajapaksa family, Sri Lanka’s ruling dynasty, flee the country after protesters stormed the president’s house during a historic uprising.

“The High Commission categorically denies baseless and speculative media reports that India facilitated the recent reported trip of [President Gotabaya Rajapaksa] and [former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa] out of Sri Lanka. It is reiterated that India will continue to support the people of Sri Lanka,” the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka tweeted on Wednesday morning July 13.

President Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives in a military plane in the early hours of Wednesday, the Air Force and the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed. Rajapaksa’s resignation is expected later today amid the worst currency crisis in the history of the island’s middle regime central bank.

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Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives

(Colombo/July 13, 2022)

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