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Sri Lanka expresses objection to travel restriction on Shavendra Silva

Shavendra Silva

Sri Lanka has expressed objection to the imposition of travel restrictions on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and his immediate family members by the Government of the United States.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its media release states:

“Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the Commander of the Army by the then-Head of State, taking into account his seniority. There were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations against him.

His elevation as the Acting Chief of Defence Staff by the current Head of State President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was on account of his being the senior-most serving military officer. The timing of this travel restriction six months after Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva’s appointment as the Army Chief is concerning.

It is disappointing that a foreign government should question the prerogative of the democratically elected President to call upon persons with proven expertise to hold key positions on national security-related matters. The Government of Sri Lanka requests the United States to verify the authenticity of the sources of information and to review its decision.”








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