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US visa has been rejected three times says former Sri Lankan army commander

The former head of the Sri Lankan army said visa applications to travel to the United States have been rejected three times over reports of war crimes committed by the military.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Sarath Fonseka denied being dropped from a Sri Lankan delegation visiting New York for the UN General Assembly, and instead said visa issues prevented him from travelling.   

“I could’ t go to the US because my visa was rejected,” he said. “This was the third time that my US visa got rejected this year. I was not granted Visa to attend my daughter’s graduation as well.”

“My green card was also not renewed,” he continued.

Mr Fonseka went on to criticize opposition parliamentarian MP Udaya Gammanpila stating “maybe the UN is something Gammanpila values, but not me”.

“I simply said my visa was rejected because a journalist asked me,” he concluded.