Colombo: Sri Lanka on Sunday condemned the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and demanded a probe into the circumstances surrounding his death.
A 21-word terse statement by the ministry of external affairs said that "the government of Sri Lanka is of the opinion that the circumstances surrounding the death require an explanation". Gaddafi has been a long standing friend of Sri Lanka.
He visited Colombo in 1976 to attend the non aligned heads of states summit hosted by Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa toured Libya in 2007 and his son Namal, a government parliamentarian was also received by the late Libyan leader last year in Tripoli.
The statement followed concerns raised by government MPs on Friday in parliament condemning the killing of the Libyan leader by the forces of the Libyan transitional council.