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Newsline: Deposed Sri Lankan president denied US visa

Deposed Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reportedly flew to the Maldives on a military jet, days after being denied a visitor’s visa by the U.S. embassy in Colombo. Rajapaksa, who fled the presidential palace after it was stormed by angry protesters on Saturday, had requested a visa to travel to California over the weekend. “It was made very clear to him that there will be no visa for him,” a representative from the embassy was quoted by SBS as saying. “He could go there as a head of state without a visa, but the current circumstances are different.” (https://news.yahoo.com/deposed-sri-lankan-president-gotabaya-190620073.html) Another official also confirmed to The Hindu that the 73-year-old’s request for a “safe passage to the U.S.” was denied.

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