The meeting at the Wijerama Mawatha residence of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday saw the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa himself along with Ministers Gamini Lokuge, Johnston Fernando and Prasanna Ranatunga (SLPP) Dinesh Gunawardena (MEP) Wimal Weerawansa (NFF), Udaya Gammanpila (PHU) and Arumugam Thondaman (CWC) political sources told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
“It was decided that a Committee be appointed to provide relief to the trade union leaders in the then Opposition, who were politically victimized during the previous regime and the Committee would be headed by Minister Gamini Lokuge in his capacity as Minister of Labour. The other Committee members are: Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and former Secretary to the Leader of the House Sumith Wijesinghe.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena proposed that all Colombo based Ambassadors be briefed about the events that took place in the aftermath of the Swiss Embassy where an employee was allegedly abducted.
Responding to a question as to why Parliament was dissolved for a month and whether it was for political reasons, they said there were no political reasons attributed to it.
It was just that the Policy Statement had to be delivered by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to a new Parliament and that was the reason for the dissolution of the House for a month until January 3, they said.