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President locks horns with DW journalist in heated interview

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe strongly criticized the Western media for their stance on Sri Lanka and firmly rejected the idea of an international inquiry into the Easter Sunday bombings.

In response to inquiries from Germany’s Duetsche Welle DW News Agency, President Wickremesinghe made it clear that Sri Lanka would not entertain the possibility of an international inquiry, stating unequivocally, “it is out.”

He went on to question why countries like Germany and the UK have not been subjected to international inquiries, emphasizing, “Why is it for Sri Lankans and Asians? You think we are second class?” President Wickremesinghe urged a change in the Western attitude, expressing his belief that Sri Lanka can conduct inquiries using its own personnel, such as those involving the Catholic Bishop.

President Wickremesinghe’s frustration with the journalist’s line of questioning was palpable as he criticized their approach, stating, “You did not come here to ask me these questions. You came here to corner me.”

He continued to emphasize that the Sri Lankan government does not engage in international inquiries and urged the journalist to discontinue the line of inquiry, pointing out that their research had not been thorough and that accusing Sri Lanka of violating human rights was unfounded.

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