Former President Rajapaksa who is on a 10-day private visit to Japan, this time has not even been offered a protocol officer upon his arrival at the Airport.
When his Private Secretary Uditha Lokubandara inquired from Ambassador Dhammika Ganganath as to why such shabby treatment was given to the former President, the response he got from the other end was “on President Sirisena’s orders.”
However, Rajapaksa brushed it aside saying probably President Sirisena may not even know what is going around.
This was the second time Rajapaksa undertook a visit to Japan and when he visited earlier in June, a request for protocol and other assistance by former President during a ten-day “private visit” to Japan was rejected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Only courtesies extended to an MP were afforded to Rajapaksa and parliamentarians in his entourage, a Foreign Ministry source said yesterday. An official in the Sri Lanka Embassy in Tokyo, and not the Ambassador received them