'Sri Lanka will have Indian support to foil any coup attempt': minister

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India will not tolerate a military take over in Sri Lanka and will fully support President Maithripala Sirisena to foil any coup attempt in the country, a senior minister said on Monday amid reports of the opposition warning of a military coup.

 

Minister of social services SB Dissanayake said President Sirisena enjoyed good relations with India and could trust Indian support to foil any military coup attempt in Sri Lanka. "President has the Indian support. India will send two ships (to support Sri Lankan government)," Mr Dissanayake told 'Neth FM radio'.

 

New Delhi would not tolerate a military attempt to take over power in Sri Lanka, Mr Dissanayake said when asked about the opposition warning of a military coup. The parliamentary leader of the Joint Opposition Dinesh Gunawardena told parliament on Friday that there was a threat of a military coup happening in Sri Lanka due to government's alleged curbing of democratic freedoms in the country.

 

He was addressing President Sirisena who was present in the House to take part in the 2017 budget allocations. The Joint Opposition backs Sirisena's predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa who had blamed the international community including India for engineering his defeat to Sirisena last year.

 

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