The Icelandic government apologized to the Sri Lankan government yesterday after the Foreign Ministry’s delegate in Sri Lanka, Bjarni Vestmann, met S.P. Tamilselvan, head of the Tamil Tigers’ political division, without permission.
Vestmann was given orders to return to Iceland immediately and will arrive in Iceland today, Fréttabladid reports.
The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry contacted Iceland’s Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir last night and objected to the meeting between Vestmann and Tamilselvan, which it had not given permission for.
“The meeting had not been on Vestmann’s agenda, which occurred while he was traveling with inspection teams in Sri Lanka,” said Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, director general of the Directorate for International and Security Affairs. “It was very unfortunate, but this case is closed on behalf of the Foreign Ministry.”
The Tamil Tigers, formally known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is a nationalist organization fighting against the Sri Lankan government for the independence of Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka.