Foreign Minister Ali Sabry told CNN on Wednesday evening that the Sri Lankan government had been informed of Rajapaksa’s return “through diplomatic channels”.
“Officially, we have no role in the return. He is a citizen of Sri Lanka and can travel as he wishes,” Sabry said.
Rajapaksa’s distant cousin, Udayanga Weeratunga, Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia, told reporters on Wednesday that the former leader would return on August 24.
He tendered his resignation from Singapore, as public anger grew on his alleged mismanagement of the economy.
The former leader’s hasty exit was a historic moment for the nation of 22 million, which members of the Rajapaksa family have ruled with an iron fist for much of the past two decades.
Anger has been mounting in Sri Lanka for months after the country’s foreign exchange reserves fell to record lows as dollars ran out to pay for essential imports including food, medicine and fuel.
His departure came during a day of chaos and violence that culminated in police imposing a nationwide curfew.