India tells Sri Lanka to be “mindful” of its bilateral cooperation

By Easwaran Rutnam

India has told Sri Lanka to be “mindful” of its excellent bilateral cooperation following the recent developments with the Colombo Port City.

Arindam Bagchi, the Official Spokesperson at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, had told reporters in New Delhi that India expects Sri Lanka to remain mindful of their excellent bilateral cooperation, including for mutual security in their shared environment, which includes the maritime domain.

Regarding the Colombo Port City project, Bagchi said that India has been closely following recent developments from their security perspective.

He said that India has also noted the concerns that have been raised in Sri Lanka regarding several aspects of the framework for the Colombo Port City.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane last month signed and validated the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill.

Thereby the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act will be implemented in full.

President’s Counsel (PC) Gamini Marapana was later appointed as the Chairman of the Port City Commission.

Treasury Secretary S R Attygalle, Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, Saliya Wickramasuriya, Kushan Kodithuwakku, Jerad Ondachchi and Rohan De Silva have been appointed as the members of the Commission.

India, which is involved in several projects in Sri Lanka, has been concerned over the Port City project since the project was launched.

Bagchi said that India has a very extensive portfolio of partnership development projects in Sri Lanka and are in regular contact with Sri Lankan authorities regarding their implementation of these projects. (Courtesy Daily Mirror)

3 COMMENTS

  1. India should not waste time, but quickly find the reason why it could not invest in its neighbourhood as China invested in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal etc. Just pretending as a big brother will not help India, other than impressing the TNA members and the other uninformed South Asian politicians.

    • If you can not trust your big brother, what is the point of having a big brother? Do you have a big brother to showcase to the world, so you can borrow more loans from other countries to eat while maintain your laziness by sitting in temples and churches.

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