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Sri Lankan president slams foreign diplomats for ‘interference’

Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena reportedly attacked foreign diplomats who are based in Colombo for allegedly “interfering” whilst his government blocked internet access and social media, in the wake of anti-Muslim violence by Sinhala Buddhist mobs last month.

Speaking to an audience of Sri Lankans in London, Mr Sirisena accused foreign diplomats of “going beyond their mandate” according to The Island.

"We were able to avert a major calamity by swift intervention," he was quoted as saying.

The Sri Lankan president went on to claim that “all international agencies had praised the manner in which his government had handled the Kandy situation”.

See more from The Island here.