They arrived on an Emirates flight from Dubai, the report mentioned.
Throughout his go to to Dubai, Rajapaksa visited the unique animal farm known as “Fame Park,” based on information portal newsfirst.lk.
Rajapaksa, 73, fled Sri Lanka to the Maldives on a Sri Lankan Airforce aircraft in July, because the nation plunged into its worst financial and humanitarian disaster since its independence from Nice Britain in 1948.
He then proceeded to Singapore, from the place he submitted his resignation on July 14 final yr.
Weeks later, he flew to Thailand, looking for momentary shelter.
Thailand mentioned Rajapaksa can keep within the nation for 90 days as a result of he’s nonetheless a diplomatic passport holder.
Nonetheless, he was not allowed to interact in political actions in Thailand. He was confined to a lodge and surrounded by safety personnel.
In September 2022, he was given particular safety and a state bungalow upon his return to Sri Lanka from Thailand. Rajapaksa, an ex-military officer, turned the president in November 2019.
Rajapaksa, previously a twin citizen of each Sri Lanka and the US, had to surrender his US citizenship forward of the 2019 presidential elections.
As per Sri Lankan Structure, twin citizenship holders are barred from contesting elections.
A corruption case in opposition to him when he was a prime defence official was withdrawn quickly after he was elected in 2019.
Earlier this month, Rajapaksa utilized for restoration of his US citizenship after he didn’t get asylum in any nation, based on The Sunday Instances newspaper.
Nonetheless, the US authorities is but to think about the request, newspaper reported.
An enchantment to revive US citizenship beforehand held is a expensive authorized course of and time-consuming, the report mentioned.
The Rajapaksa household has dominated Sri Lankan politics for over 20 years.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the 76-year-old patriarch and elder brother of Gotabaya was the nation’s president and prime minister.
Youthful brother Basil Rajapaksa, 71, was earlier Sri Lanka’s finance minister.
Sri Lanka, a rustic of twenty-two million folks, goes by way of its worst financial disaster since its independence in 1948 which was triggered by a extreme paucity of international change reserves.
In September final yr, the IMF introduced that it’s going to present Sri Lanka with a mortgage of about USD 2.9 billion over 4 years underneath a preliminary settlement to assist the bankrupt island nation tide over its worst financial disaster and shield the livelihoods of the folks.
The nation can also be anticipated to restructure its debt value USD 29 billion, with Japan anticipated to coordinate with different creditor nations, together with China on this subject.
In mid-April, Sri Lanka declared its worldwide debt default because of the foreign exchange disaster.
The nation owes USD 51 billion in international debt, of which USD 28 billion should be paid by 2027.
There have been avenue protests in Sri Lanka in opposition to the federal government since early April on account of its mishandling of the financial disaster.
A crippling scarcity of international reserves has led to lengthy queues for gas, cooking gasoline, and different necessities whereas energy cuts and hovering meals costs have heaped distress on the folks.