LANKAN ENVOY RE­CALLED FOR IG­NOR­ING CALLS

The Asian Age - - World -

Colombo, Sept. 15: Sri Lankam Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena re­called his top envoy to Aus­tria and five other em­bassy staff for fail­ing to an­swer his long- dis­tance tele­phone calls, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

Am­bas­sador Priyanee Wi­je­sek­era was given her march­ing or­ders after calls made by Sirisena to the em­bassy in Vi­enna last week went “unan­swered for sev­eral hours,” an of­fi­cial source said.

The source de­clined com­ment on why Sirisena needed to con­tact the em­bassy ur­gently or why he did not at­tempt to do so through the for­eign min­istry.

The min­istry of for­eign af­fairs con­firmed the re­call, but did not give a rea­son. The Sri Lankan em­bassy in Aus­tria is also ac­cred­ited to UN agen­cies in Vi­enna as well as Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, the Czech repub­lic, Ser­bia, Slo­vakia and Slove­nia.

Ear­lier this week, Sirisena flew into a rage over nuts served aboard the is­land’s na­tional car­rier say­ing they were un­fit “even for dogs.”

“Re­turn­ing from Kath­mandu, I was served some cashews on board a Sri Lankan flight, but it was so bad even a dog wouldn’t eat it,” he said on Mon­day.

An airline spokesman said it has re­sponded by clear­ing its stock of cashews — only served in busi­ness class — and would change its Dubaibased sup­plier.

■ AM­BAS­SADOR PRIYANEE Wi­je­sek­era to Aus­tria was given her march­ing or­ders after calls made by Sirisena last week in Vi­enna went “unan­swered for sev­eral hours”.

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