American diplomat came back to get a PCR test – Foreign Minister
ECONOMYNEXT – Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says that the arriving US diplomat who was controversially allowed to exit the Bandaranaike Memorial International airport without a PCR test has subsequently been tested.
Gunewardena said the diplomat in question had been allowed to leave without the test not because of fear or love for any country but due to an unclarified clause related to diplomatic privileges.
Speaking to reporters this morning, Gunewardena said that once the clause was clarified within the same day and the diplomat was brought back to do the PCR test.
He said based on the ability to take independent decisions, the airport authorities had executed that clause with uncertainty.
Further, he said according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations any diplomat who arrives in Sri Lanka is considered as a VIP but the restrictions to it depended from country to country.
“So if there had been some hesitation to the word ‘Diplomat’ when we clearly had the ability to do the test, now it has been completely corrected. No Diplomatic officer had the ability to evade the testing,” he said.
The government last night circulated the guidelines for diplomats and family members entering the country making the PCR test mandatory.
Moreover, Gunawardena said actions had been taken regarding the airport officials who had let the US diplomat exit the airport without the PCR testing and added that the government would take the full responsibility and take necessary actions if a new cluster was created due to this event. (Colombo/June8/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe