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Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary denied a UK visa

September 11, 2009
Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary denied a UK visa
By Easwaran Rutnam

The British High Commission in Colombo had today refused to issue a visa to outgoing Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona, government sources told Daily Mirror online.

The government is of the view the British High Commission has violated diplomatic protocols by rejecting a visa for the Foreign Secretary. Dr. Kohona subsequently left the country tonight to take up his new post at the UN as the Permanent Representative to Sri Lanka.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama is to summon the British High Commissioner in Colombo Dr. Peter Hayes tomorrow to seek an explanation over the rejection of the visa.

Attempts by the Daily Mirror to contact the spokesman of the British High Commission in Colombo for a comment over the incident were futile.

FULL STORY: http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=61046

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