Sri Lankan President speaks to PM Modi following R&AW plot reports

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According to the statement, Sirisena apprised Modi of the "urgent steps taken by him personally and the Sri Lankan government to publicly reject these reports". The president's Media Division released a statement that Sirisena only stressed the need to investigate an alleged assassination plot against him.

Worth mentioning is that these reports came ahead of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's visit to New Delhi for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speed up India-backed projects, including the East Terminal project, in the island nation.

Modi appreciated the prompt steps taken by Sirisena and his government to "firmly refute the malicious reports", the statement said.

The Indian newspaper The Hindu, as well as a Sri lankan website, EconomyNext had reported that the Sri Lankan president had said in a weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday that RAW "may be trying to kill him". He said the president was misquoted by the media and the President's office would issue a statement in the day.

A senior police official that he accused of involvement in the alleged assassination plot was suspended and subjected to an inquiry, while an Indian national who had visited the informant was also arrested.

"I think it was uncalled for (to accuse India) because he did not provide any evidence to support his claim", the ministerial source was quoted as saying. "We clarify that the reports are baseless and false", Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo said. "What can now be done is to look at the genesis of this story and how it came about".

According to some media reports from Sri Lanka, Cabinet spokesman and minister Rajitha Senaratne said President Sirisena did not say the (Indian) Research and Analysis Wing was allegedly involved in a plot to assassinate him and the President at the Cabinet meeting had actually said attempts were being made to implicate RAW in the alleged plot to assassinate him and damage India-Sri Lanka bilateral ties.

However, it's true that a month back a representative of the Anti-Corruption Force disclosed the alleged plot to assassinate the president. He also referred to his meeting with the Indian high commissioner in Colombo on Wednesday morning to discuss the matter. The Cabinet spokesperson, however, on Wednesday said Sirisena had not expressed opposition to the Eastern Port Terminal deal with India.

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