United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has no intention of joining the Government, sources close to the former Prime Minister told Daily Mirror last night.
Speculation arose that Wickremesinghe is to join the Government after it was announced he will attend the 5th Indian Ocean Conference scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi together with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
However, UNP sources rubbished the claims saying he is focused on strengthening the party with the support of young processionals.
Sources said that Wickremesinghe has been invited to attend the 5th Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi from the 3rd to the 5th of December 2021.
Wickremesinghe is the former Chairperson of the Indian Ocean Conference, having held the position from 2016 to 2019. He is scheduled to address the gathering on the 5th of December.
Wickremesinghe will be joined by international dignitaries including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan