by Saman Indrajith
The government will not accept any asylum seeking refugees from any country to Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said.
The PM has also said the decision not to permit any refugees was taken in line with the Yahapalana government’s foreign policy.
The Prime Minister said so when he was asked by the Government parliamentary group yesterday about its standpoint over the Rohingya refugees seeking asylum in Sri Lanka.
Any citizen of another country could enter Sri Lanka by following the procedures outlined in the immigration procedures, the Prime Minister told the group meeting, according to sources.
Rohingya refugees of Myanmar could easily seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh or Thailand but their intention to come here indicated that it was an organised effort, the Prime Minister said adding that the government would not permit such manoeuvres.