New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka have termed as “baseless and false” reports suggesting that there was a plot by an Indian intelligence agency to assasinate Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

“The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to media reports attributed to President Maithripala Sirisena alleging the involvement of an Indian Intelligence Service in a plot to assassinate him. The Ministry wishes to clarify that the media reports in this connection are baseless and false,” a government release read.

The Union government said relations between Sri Lanka and India, including at the highest levels of government, were “strong, encompassing multiple spheres including intelligence sharing”.

The government said it was disappointing that matters of this nature have become the subject of distorted and erroneous media reports taking the President’s remarks out of context. 

The officials said that, In continuation of the close and regular interaction between the two countries, President Sirisena had discussions this morning as well as at a meeting with the High Commissioner of India in Colombo.