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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said India is Sri Lanka’s closest friend and therefore any issue can be resolved through discussion and mutual understanding.  

The Prime Minister told Daily Mirror that even a bigger problem than the one triggered over the East Container Terminal (ECT) could be addressed through discussion with each other.  

“India is our closest friend. We can resolve any dispute with them after talking with each other,” he said.   

He made these remarks in response to a query about the spate after Sri Lanka decided not to partner with India or any other country for the development of the ECT. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 27

  • Mokan Saturday, 06 February 2021 08:51 AM

    Ha ha ha

    Ja Ping Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:01 PM

    He, he, heee!! Thought Xi Jinping was your closest buddy!!! after all, they sent a goodwill ambassador with Covid 19 to our shores first of all!!!

    Gummapana Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:30 PM

    Day dreaming Sorry for Hon.PM

    RoaringCreek Saturday, 06 February 2021 09:45 AM

    I thought the Yahapalanaya was both. This government is worse. Time for change for a responsible government at the earliest opportunity.

    RoaringCreek Saturday, 06 February 2021 09:47 AM

    Uncle, they is more to run a country than win wars, build payments, build roads and culverts.

    Ruwan Lanka Saturday, 06 February 2021 09:57 AM

    But people did not elect you to mortgage the country to India in order to maintain your friendship with Indian political leaders.

    Ram Saturday, 06 February 2021 09:57 AM

    It appears that the discussions failed. What happened?

    Bhratha Saturday, 06 February 2021 10:45 AM

    Without India’s support Srilanka won’t survive so give the port to India immediately . We r beggars India is a super power nation don’t forget that!!!!

    Thilake Saturday, 06 February 2021 10:46 AM

    Not only a friend but also a relation.

    Raymon Saturday, 06 February 2021 10:59 AM

    Ha Ha , I see someone licking the wounds

    BE CLEAR Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:31 AM

    Closest in what sense - To me it is ONLY the Kilometres between countries.

    harshass Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:33 AM

    India is Sri Lankas closest friend but China is the only friend of Rajapakse clan. If the Congress Party returns to power in India Rajapakses will have a hard time.

    Joshua Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:47 AM

    Is that So? Try your luck. You jumped the gun in cancelling the ECT deal.

    Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:03 PM

    Especially when we need their money.

    Diplo- Mutt Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:05 PM

    I don’t think curry leaves diplomacy will work with India.....

    Sandun Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:23 PM

    Yes we can discuss with China and resolve all the issues!

    Srilankan Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:45 PM

    Ho,Ho,Ho......

    Rex Garrow Saturday, 06 February 2021 01:38 PM

    Yes, Velly good friend , that is why they created the LTTE

    Kathir Saturday, 06 February 2021 02:28 PM

    It is bètter to give ECT to India than china by keeping hope that we need India on forth coming resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva.Mahinda has âll reasons to beg India immediately.India îs not interested on mortgage of Wcolombo port like china on Hambantotta

    M ganeshan Saturday, 06 February 2021 02:29 PM

    Without india sri lanka will be isolated.

    vithura Saturday, 06 February 2021 06:02 PM

    Crawling all the way to Delhi might be the only way out!

    jayt Saturday, 06 February 2021 06:05 PM

    Rajapksese are direct relatives of Tamil and Chinese. Did the Sinhalese modayas analyze that before they voted them? How many modayas knew about rajapkses' racial back ground of their Tamil relatives before voted them? They voted them because they had Sinhalese names! Sri lanka had leaders who were one way or the other are direct relatives of Malays, Chinese, Tamil or foreign Christian of colonial Christian dependents. It is the Buddhists modayas who gave them Sinhalese names worshipped them for bribes and opened the door for Indian, Tamil India and Western conspirators to conspire against Sri lanka. this how Indian and Western conspirators closed the eyes of Sri lanka secretly by promoting and installing non Sinhalese Buddhists and carried war for than 30 years. In 1983, Rajapakses names have been circulated among Tamil supporting spies in the western countries. It stated in europe. 'best way is to undermine Sinhalese Buddhists is to undermine Sinhalese Buddhists identity by next

    Citizen Saturday, 06 February 2021 06:23 PM

    There are rumours in Anuradhapura that the Daily Mirror is storing weapons for the Indian Intelligence to be used to kill our democratically elected leaders who are opposed to Indians controlling the ECT.

    jayt Saturday, 06 February 2021 06:38 PM

    Rest of my comment: to undermine Sinhalese identity by arranging marriages to Chinese and then to Tamil . this is how colonial men and women who are partners of Tamil drag war for thirty years until Rajapaksa be eligible to be a president or PM. I have more refined detail how rajapakses were arranged to marry to Tamil. These are done by colonial spies who directed most of Malays, Chinese and Tamil to steal Sinhalese names by converting to Buddhism or through marriages. I have solid evidence of some spies told Tamil tigers in Europe. They told Tamil Tigers in 1983 'not to worry We will take care of Sinhalese Buddhists'. This how they escalated deadly war by directing JVP and Tigers to get ride huge numbers of well educated Sinhalese Buddhist members of UNP party and saves catholic RW and rajapakses who relatives of Tamil. Don't forget local Christian spies have been active in Sri lanka army. intelligent agencies . That is why Sri lanka did not know Tamil tigers were hiding in Colombo

    Kathir Saturday, 06 February 2021 08:14 PM

    Sinhalese peoples have been suffering like Tamils during the last 30 years civil war.The différence is Sinhalese population is in total silence butTamils Are up against the gouvernment.Tamils want tolivelikesinhaesepeople.

    Keith James Sunday, 07 February 2021 08:36 AM

    Ayooo we don't want these Dirty Demalu country to come.and poke in our and our Chinese matters..

    Rudra Sunday, 07 February 2021 02:56 PM

    Not really. Most Indians couldn’t care less for Sri Lanka. In it for the money.


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