The Government said yesterday that it did not issue an official statement on the President's meeting with the United States Secretary of State John Kerry in New York last month and the media reports of softening US stance on Sri Lanka are of a speculative nature.
The External Affairs Ministry, responding to a recent press statement by the U.S., clarified that the Government did not issue a press statement or comment on the meeting which took place between President Rajapaksa and the US Secretary of State John Kerry on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The Ministry, while noting the comments made by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department at the press briefing on October 2 dismissing Sri Lankan media reports which said that Kerry indicated a softening in the U.S. position on Sri Lanka, said the reports are speculative of nature.
"Any reference in the media to the contents of this discussion are of a speculative nature and does not in any way reflect the view of the Government of Sri Lanka," the external Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
The Ministry said the reference to this meeting has been published in the schedule of State Secretary Kerry, which is in the public domain.
The Sri Lankan government said it appreciates the meeting having taken place, as a dialogue has now begun at high level, which befits the importance attached to the bilateral relationship and for its further strengthening.