US rejects Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon’s bribe allegations

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The US Embassy in Colombo rejected the allegations by Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon that he was offered a ‘bribe’ by outgoing US Ambassador Michele Sison.

When enquired about the matter, US Embassy said that the allegations were baseless and they reflected a fundamental misunderstanding of their engagement with senior government officials and their policy towards Sri Lanka as well as the U.S. political and economic system.

It also said the Ambassador Sison met with President Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris and other senior government officials this week, and they congratulated her on strengthening their bilateral relationship.

Resettlement Minister Guneratne Weerakoon had told a political meeting in Aranwela recently that he was offered a ‘bribe’ by outgoing US Ambassador Michele Sison and he had recordings of the discussion.

(Daily Mirror)

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