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Then on Monday, at an Farmers' Union meeting, Sirisena made a public complaint about the food provided in Brussels to him in Businessclass. "Coming back from Nepal, they were serving some cashews on the airplane [that], let alone people, even pets can't eat," Sirisena allegedly said by BBC.
Sri Lankan leader has not stated what he found so insulting about the nuts in particular. However, a few working days later, on Wednesday, a Sri Lankan Airlines agent acknowledged that the insulting mother had been taken away while the carrier was changing suppliers, the South China Morning Mail said. According to Swiss Post, the cashew nuts were previously purchased from a Dubai-based vendor.
Meanwhile, according to News.com.au, Sri Lankan Airlines is currently in indebtedness of $1.4 billion and is charged with putting a strain on the country's economies. The branch office reports that a president's investigation committee is also examining the company for allegations of bribery.
Investigate Sri Lankan airline companies into bribery in order to concentrate on ending the Emirates deals.
The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered a bribery inquiry against their domestic flag carriers, which includes the disputed ending of a managerial contract with Emirates, the Sri Lankan authorities said on Saturday. Maithripala Sirisena has nominated a five-member committee to examine the Sri Lankan airlines' financing operations from 2006 to 2008, when the agreement with Emirates was terminated, according to a declaration by his team.
Established in 1979 as Air Lanka, Sri Lanka was lucrative until the strong Mahinda Rajapakse administration, which led the nation from 2005 to 2015, left the Emirate's executive board. In 2008, the transaction was called off after Emirates declined to push paid passenger airlines to give places to the Rajapakse families who returned to Colombo from London.
An angry Rajapakse took the Emirate's designated Sri Lankan CEO off his position and entrusted his brother-in-law, who had no previous aerospace background, with the management of the company. The Sri Lankan carriers have since been hit with an estimate of more than one billion US dollars in losses and 3.2 billion US dollars in debt.
Sirisena's Bureau said it had instructed the five-member panels to concentrate on "terminating arrangements between Sri Lankan carriers and the United Arab Emirates, giving details of the causes and effects". Emerirates was paying $70 million to buy a 43.6 percent share in Sri Lanka's domestic air company when it was privatized in 1998 and had a full management agreement for the company until it was compelled to go.
Emirates' stake in the corporation was finally taken over by the Sri Lankan authorities. Growing debts of Sri Lankan carriers have compelled the new administration to look for foreign counterparts to invest funds and administer the carrier, but so far there have been no buyers. This step is on the accusation that the new Sri Lankan administration, which came to office in January 2015, has been sluggish in fighting Rajapakse bribery.
Last weekend the US administration established tribunals to examine billion-dollar allegations of bribery under the previous regimes.