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Ashly say, Moragoda do
Economic Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda says that when the US Ambassador asks him to do things, he does not reason why, he just does it.

Startling Sri Lankans by attending a meeting of the re-launch of the US-based International Executive Service Corps (IECS), a body that promotes volunteer executives and consultants committed to promoting free enterprise worldwide at the World Trade Center, Mr. Moragoda, who was not originally listed to attend the function, said he was due to attend the function and was only there because the US Ambassador had told him to come.

"But when the US Ambassador asks you to come, you don't ask why. You just come", Mr. Moragoda said. "It was only after I came here, that I asked Ashly (US Ambassador Ashly Wills) what this event was. Then he told me that it was the launch of the IECS programme", he added.

Mr. Moragoda recently told a seminar in Hawaii that the US should welcome its ‘hegemon’ role as the world’s undisputed leader.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando detailed the ill-effects on the Sri Lankan economy of an outbreak of a US led-war against Iraq during a meeting with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa in Cairo this week.

In Sri Lanka, emergency meetings were held at the Tea Board as tea prices plummeted and the Government announced plans to prop the beleaguered tea industry in the wake of another possible Gulf war.

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