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Sri Lankan president's anger over airline cashew nuts
Published Date: 10/09/2018 (Monday)

Sri Lanka's national airline has found itself in trouble with the country's president - over a few nuts.

President Maithripala Sirisena has complained that, during a recent trip with Sri Lankan Airlines, he was treated to some cashews which were not fit for human consumption.

In fact, the irate leader added, they were not even suitable for dogs.

The airline, which has at least $1bn (£770m) of debt, has yet to comment on Mr Sirisena's outburst.

The airline has been dogged by allegations of corruption in recent years, and is currently under investigation by a special presidential commission of inquiry.

However, exactly what was so offensive about the nuts is unclear.

Speaking at a farmers' event in southern Sri Lanka on Monday, Mr Sirisena said the offending products were served to him during a flight from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to Colombo, Sri Lanka, last week.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The airline is currently under investigation by the government for alleged corruption

"When I returned from Nepal, they served some cashew nuts on the plane [that], let alone humans, even dogs can't eat, who approves these things?" he told a group of farmers in Southern Sri Lanka.

"Who approved the cashew? Who is responsible for this?"

Source: BBC News

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