Singapore, July 14 (CNA) – Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Singapore on Thursday (Jul 14) evening from the Maldives after fleeing his country the day before.
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) confirmed in a media statement shortly after 8pm that Mr Rajapaksa had entered Singapore on a “private visit”.
“He has not asked for asylum and neither has he been granted any asylum. Singapore generally does not grant requests for asylum,” said an MFA spokesperson.
Mr Rajapaksa was reported to have arrived in Singapore from Male at around 7.20pm on Saudia flight 788.
Media reports had also said earlier he was scheduled to land in Singapore on Thursday morning on a Singapore Airlines flight, but one Sri Lanka media outlet, citing sources from the Maldives, reported later that Mr Rajapaksa and his wife did not get on that flight due to “security concerns”.
Sri Lankans can travel to Singapore without a visa for trips shorter than 30 days.