Asked if the Prime Minister had encouraged the Defence Secretary to go to Sri Lanka, the PMS replied that the Defence Secretary was going in a private capacity. On whether the Prime Minister tried to discourage him, the PMS said that he had not.
Asked if he accepted that there was a risk of confusion when dealing with a regime like the one in Sri Lanka, that they might choose to interpret a private visit differently to the way the Government would, the PMS replied that the Defence Secretary had had a very longstanding interest in Sri Lanka, since his time as a Foreign Office Minister and had visited that country on a number of occasions.
Asked if the Defence Secretary was there to further the Government’s aims in Sri Lanka, the PMS said that it was a private visit.
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