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President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will take immediate measures to get the ban placed on imports of tea from Sri Lanka by Russia lifted early.

A special delegation led by Ministers Navin Dissanayake and Rishad Bathiudeen will leave the country for Russia, to explain the situation and find a remedy, President Sirisena said.

The President also said that he will make a special request to Russian President Vladimir Putin in this regard, and said that no one in the tea industry should be unnecessarily worried by this move as he believes Russia as a friendly nation to Sri Lanka and was confident that its assistance will be given in this regard.

He made these remarks addressing a public in Haputale, on December 17.

Russia placed this temporary restriction on imports of tea from Sri Lanka, after it found an agricultural insect in the packaging material of a consignment of tea shipped from Sri Lanka.

‘A full investigation is to be carried out against the company responsible in this regard and the legal action against them will be taken in the future’, the President said that adding if the company found guilty in this matter steps will be taken to cancel its export license.

Expressing his views regarding a number of articles published on newspapers by several associations of the retired public officers, the President said that arrangements will be made to solve their problems within the next week.

This public rally in Haputale was organized by Mr. Senthil Thondaman of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress under the patronage of President.

The President said that this election should be a election that all who think the betterment of the country should rally around one side and emphasized that it should not be a hinder for the country’s reconciliation and development.

The former Vice Chairman of the Haldummulla Pradeshiya Sabha Mr. S.N. Sugumaran of the UNP and former Councilor of Haputale Pradeshiya Sabha Ashoka Udayakumara joined with SLFP.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Chief Minister of Uva Province Chamara Sampath Dasanayake, Provincial Minister Senthil Thondaman and other politicians participated on this occasion.

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