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Countries issue Sri Lanka travel warnings

Several countries have issued travel warnings to their citizens over travel to Sri Lanka, following the island’s plunge into political crisis.

The German Embassy in Colombo tweeted:

“Current political developments, together with the nomination of a controversial new PM have increased political tensions. We urgently advise against venturing near political rallies. Gathering in general should be avoided. Violent confrontations cannot be ruled out.”

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office wrote:

“On 26 October 2018 the President of Sri Lanka sought to dismiss the Prime Minister, which is expected to lead to a period of political instability. You should exercise vigilance and avoid all demonstrations or large political gatherings.”

France’s diplomatic corps wrote:

“Given the political developments in Sri Lanka on 26 October, caution is recommended when traveling. Travellers are particularly encouraged to stay away from political protests and discussions.”