China dismisses allegations of funding political legislators in Sri Lanka

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-30 12:07:37|Editor: ZD
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COLOMBO, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka dismissed allegations made by a local political legislator claiming that China was funding certain parliamentarians amid current political crisis in the island nation.

In a statement released to Xinhua on Monday, the embassy said such allegations were groundless and irresponsible.

"As a friendly neighbor, China is paying close attention to the situation change in Sri Lanka," the embassy said.

"It is a matter of internal affairs, and China has consistently supported the principle of non-interference in other country's internal affairs. We believe that the Sri Lankan government, parties and people have the wits and ways needed to deal with the current situation," it added.

Sri Lanka has been plunged into a political crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last Friday, and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapakse to the post.

Wickremesinghe has called the move illegal and called on Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to summon the parliament immediately so he could prove his majority.

President Sirisena has suspend the parliament till Nov. 16.