U.S. Embassy Colombo Cancels Consular Services for the Next Two Days


The U.S. Embassy in Colombo on Wednesday canceled consular services as a precautionary measure for the next two days, amid worsening political unrest and economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Consular is canceling our Wednesday afternoon services (US citizen services and VIN passback) as well as all Thursday consular services,” the Embassy tweeted.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and will reschedule all canceled appointments,” he added.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya fled to the Maldives on a military plane on Wednesday, hours before he was due to resign amid a public outcry against him and his family for mismanaging the economy that bankrupted the country. The government has also declared a state of emergency in the country.

Anti-government protesters, who are also calling for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s resignation, were planning to stage protests against him, media reported on Wednesday. Wickremesinghe has already offered to resign.

Protesters, who stormed the capital’s three main buildings, the President’s House, the Presidential Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s official residence, Temple Trees, demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, occupy them still.

Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis, the worst in seven decades, leaving millions struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other necessities. Last week, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe declared that Sri Lanka was now a bankrupt country.

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