The United States is urging Sri Lanka to make “difficult but necessary choices” to secure its economic independence instead of choosing opaque practises, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, in an apparent reference at China deepening its influence over the South Asian country.

A few hours after the passage of the Second Reading of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution with a two-thirds majority, Minister of Justice, Ali Sabri PC, posted a stern warning on his Facebook profile. "No more excuses, deliver or perish!," Justice Minister Sabry said.

Sri Lankan workers toiling in the Middle East and a few other countries, who also remit around USD 10 billion in foreign exchange annually, are being treated as unwanted, low class citizens of the country following the COVID-19 crisis, foreign employees complained.