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Singapore government did not give any special benefits and exemptions to Rajapaksa: Minister

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s International Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has mentioned that former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has not been given any particular advantages, reductions or hospitality by his authorities. Gotabaya left the nation in Singapore final month amid widespread protests in opposition to his authorities in Sri Lanka. He reached Maldives on 13 July and from there got here to Singapore the following day. Gotabaya, 73, e-mailed his resignation to the Speaker of Parliament on July 14 after being allowed to enter Singapore “on a private visit”.

Balakrishnan, in a written reply to a query by opposition Works Party member and MP Gerald Giam, mentioned, “The Singapore government does not offer any special benefits, discounts and hospitality to a former head of state or a former head of government. He said, Similarly, no special benefits, exemptions or hospitality were given to former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Member of the ruling People’s Action Party and MP Yip Yeon Weng expressed concern that Singapore “does not grow to be a haven for political fugitives”, in response to Home and Law Minister K. Shanmagugam said, “Solely international nationals who’ve legitimate paperwork and who meet the entry necessities within the nation shall be allowed to enter Singapore.

Aside from this, we have now the suitable to not admit any foreigner in view of our nationwide curiosity. He mentioned, “If a international nationwide coming to Singapore is needed by the federal government of his nation and his authorities requests to extradite him, the Singapore authorities will help that authorities in accordance with its legislation. Visas have been issued, extending their keep within the nation until August 11.

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