Sri Lankan Former President to temporarily reside in Thailand for not more than 90 days, Thai government confirms


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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha confirmed on Wednesday, August 10th, the rumor that former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would arrive in Thailand today from Singapore and can only stay for 90 days as allowed in his valid diplomatic passport.

The Prime Minister revealed to the Associated Press that the former President of Sri Lanka would temporarily reside in Thailand after Singapore after politically fleeing his home country in late July, saying that the contract was made as it was a concern of a humanitarian situation.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai further stated that due to his diplomatic passport, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be allowed to stay in the Kingdom for not more than 90 days – in which the Ministry did not consider this an issue.

He told the press: “Thailand could reject his temporary residence but, after thorough consideration, his entry did not cause any problems for Thailand. Therefore, he could enter and stay in the Kingdom but not more than 90 days.”

“Foreign countries are not really interested in this matter. It is usual to escape the political tension and reside somewhere else in difficult times. We will consider many aspects before accepting his immigration. But the most important thing is that this has not been a problem for Thailand.” Don concluded.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.