Pompeo’s visit shrouded in mystery – Bimal
Former JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake claimed that the Government has still not explained to the country the real reason behind the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s arrival here, as the reasons are shrouded in mystery.
The Government has confirmed the arrival of Pompeo today (27).
“With the country facing a renewed threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, this Government and powerful Nations don’t consider the implications of this fatal illness to the people of Sri Lanka. That is why despite the fresh threat posed by this deadly disease, this Government is laying the groundwork for Pompeo’s arrival. There are different laws that are being adopted for foreign delegates and what is applied for ordinary folks like you and me, are not applicable to them.
The people have a right to know the truth and especially as to why Pompeo is coming to Colombo, especially when his country continues to be the world’s worst affected from the global COVID-19 pandemic. We feel that if both Pompeo and the Government had to exchange views, then they should have engaged in that task through the online system, rather than Pompeo taking the risk of arriving in Colombo, especially when Sri Lanka is currently continuing to battle a second wave of the pandemic.
We would like to ask from the so-called patriotic and nationalistic forces within the Government as to whether they approve of Pompeo’s visit later this week. They should openly express their opposition to Pompeo’s visit, considering the massive health risk posed to the Nation and people through his visit, as the country is battling a second wave of COVID-19,” he said while speaking at a Media briefing held at Party Headquarters.