"He (Rajapaksa) has said that he was not opposed to Mattala (the airport deal in southern Sri Lanka where India's airport authority is to enter a joint venture)," Amarasena said.
However, Rajapaksa's joint opposition has earlier led public agitations against the proposed deal to operate the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. They dubbed it a sell-out of a national asset to India.
In 2017, a public demonstration by the opposition saw Rajapaksa's son Namal, who is also currently in New Delhi with his father, being arrested when they demonstrated near the Indian consulate at Hambantota near the Mattala airport.
The Mattala airport has been dubbed "the world's emptiest international airport" due to its low number of flights despite its large size.
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