(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –arious false information is being reported regarding the official delegation accompanying President Maithripala Sirisena to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, the President’s Media Division (PMD) stated.
“The President was accompanied by the President’s wife, the President’s official doctor, Minister Tilak Marapana and his wife, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Language Interpreter and two officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” issuing a media release the PMD stressed.
“Moreover, print and electronic media personnel of the President’s Media Division and journalists representing private media institutions and few officers of President’s Security Division, who do not belong to the official delegation participated in this tour.
“Despite that no person was included in the delegation under the expense of the Presidential Secretariat or attended the CHOGM or any meeting held simultaneously.
“It was announced that, the Minister of Industries and Trade Rishard Badurdeen and Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera attended the Business Forum and that it is informed that the Presidential Secretariat has not met expenses for any of the parties attended the Business Forum.
“Thus, we reject certain media reports that alleged that more than hundred delegates accompanied the President in this tour,” the PMD further added.