Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told President Maithripala Sirisena that India wouldn't mind if it is not involved in the development of the eastern terminal of the Colombo Port, the Sri Lankan leader has claimed.
The president, however, did not give details of how India was involved in the plot and several cabinet ministers were aghast at his claim, the report said.
"The President of Sri Lanka stated that he categorically rejected the reports in sections of media about him alluding to the involvement of India in any manner whatsoever in an alleged plot to assassinate the President and a former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka", said the MEA press release.
The plot briefly threatened to cause tension between Sri Lanka and its much larger neighbour India, after a report that Sirisena had accused India's intelligence services of involvement - a claim that New Delhi and Colombo have both denied.
The alleged plot was disclosed by a man named Namal Kumara claiming himself to be representing Anti-Corruption Force last month at a press conference. Reportedly, the president told his Cabinet about this.
"Any Cabinet paper relating to the infrastructure development projects planned to be implemented in Sri Lanka by the Indian government or Indian companies were not included in the agenda of that Cabinet meeting", said Abeysinghe's statement.
Shiral Lakthilaka, senior presidential advisor, has called the report false.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will, incidentally, hold talks with Mr Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, in which the entire gamut of India-Sri Lankan ties will be discussed. He said the president was misquoted by the media and the President's office would issue a statement in the day.
According to the sources present at the meeting quoted by The Hindu, Sirisena said that RAW was "trying to kill him" but Prime Minister Narendra Modi "may not be aware of the plan".
Sirisena's remarks over his assassination plot in media triggered three official rejections from the Sri Lankan government, an official explanation to the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo and a late night telephonic call to Prime Minister Modi, in which he termed the media reports as "utterly baseless and false". It said bilateral relations, "including at the highest levels of government are strong, encompassing multiple spheres including intelligence-sharing".
The Prime Minister appreciated the prompt steps taken by the Sri Lankan president and his government to firmly refute the malicious reports by publicly clarifying the matter, it said.