Canadian travel advisory on SL: Government to take up “unfair” advisory through diplomatic channels
- Canada says deteriorating situation can affect security environment
- Urges Canadians to be prepared and vigilant
By Asiri Fernando
The Sri Lankan Government will discuss a recent update to a Canadian travel advisory regarding Sri Lanka through diplomatic channels this week, the Foreign Ministry told The Sunday Morning.
Foreign Ministry Secretary Admiral (Retd.) Jayanath K. Colombage called the update “unfair,” adding that Sri Lanka would “take up the matter with the Canadian High Commissioner and convey Sri Lanka’s reaction through its mission in Ottawa”.
According to the Foreign Ministry, an official statement regarding the issue is expected mid week.
The move comes following the Canadian Government last week updating a travel advisory to its citizens on visiting Sri Lanka, citing deterioration in the island nation’s economic situation.
Canada updated the travel advisory on Sri Lanka last Thursday (13), stating: “The economic situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka. The economic crisis is leading to shortages of basic necessities including medicines, fuel, and food.”
The advisory warned Canadians that the economic instability may affect the delivery of public services, including healthcare in Sri Lanka, adding that limited access to resources could also contribute to a deterioration in the security environment.
“Keep supplies of food, water, and fuel on hand in case of lengthy disruptions. Long line-ups may be experienced at grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Monitor local media for information related to food and fuel shortages,” the advisory said.