The Government says the Navy will not be withdrawn from the Hambantota Port.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed China that the security of the port will be in the hands of Sri Lanka.
Cabinet co-spokesman Udaya Gammanpila, speaking to reporters at the post Cabinet virtual press conference, said that the President had conveyed this to China after the current administration took office.
“So the issue of the Navy being withdrawn from the Port does not arise,” Gammanpila said when asked if China had requested that the Navy be withdrawn from the Port.
Following the signing of an agreement in December 2017 with China, the Hambantota port operations were handed over to Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS).
Concerns have been raised in the past, particularly by India, over China’s involvement with the Hambantota Port.
However, last December the Hambantota International Port (HIP) built a new Police station to house over 40 Police personnel within the port premises.
The new fully equipped station replaced the small Police post that functioned previously in the port, allowing officers at the new facility to widen their reach in policing, especially when port activities are on the rise. (Easwaran Rutnam
Martin Milton Tuesday, 16 February 2021 04:13 PM
Excellent idea. SL Navy would be the best to keep 'an eye' on matters in Hambantota Port. MM
Junius Richard Tuesday, 16 February 2021 04:35 PM
Yahapalanaya Regime sold it. What a Crime........
Borat Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:15 PM
Gov in a soup and now soup is being heated and don’t know what to do so these idiot jokers entertaining masses with jjibberish to please rulers
We Need China for our own interests. Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:15 PM
China accepted from the onset that the security of the Hambantota Port would be handled only by the Sri Lankan Navy and the Sri Lankan Police. We have no issues with China but Indians have problems with them, since Indian Army was smashed up by the Chinese Army in the 1962 boarder war. India can not bring their problems into our country.
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