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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will not be finalising or discussing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India during his visit to New Delhi tomorrow, Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama said today.

In a statement, he rejected claims made by certain politicians that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart would finalise the agreement and that it would adversely affect the country.

The minister said before signing such an important agreement, there were many aspects that needed to be carefully scrutinised.

He said, through such baseless claims and empty rhetoric on the CEPA and the Indian visit, some bankrupt politicians were attempting to misinform the people.

Mr. Samarawickrama said the present government would not allow any international agreement to fill the pockets of politicians instead of the benefits trickling down to the people. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 9

  • Deen Monday, 14 September 2015 12:11 PM

    Agree with most. Please do not underestimate standard of our English. Only in recent years they have improved but standard had being good for a very long period.

    deen Monday, 14 September 2015 12:39 PM

    sorry,, our standard

    dude Monday, 14 September 2015 02:05 PM

    why do we need hindi in sri lanka ?

    Jaya Sunday, 13 September 2015 02:43 PM

    Wimalayata another kanaparak..ha..ha..ha..

    Unknown Sunday, 13 September 2015 02:55 PM

    If this CEPA agreement is signed, this will be the end of all local businesses in sri lanka. Large Indian businesses will take over our local businesses such as supermarkets, construction industry. tourist hotels, tea industry, banking, advertising, manufacturing, in fact everything. Our businesses will have to close down. Also if Indians can come work here, that will be the beginning of the end of sri lanka as we know it. When it comes to professionals such as journalists, engineers, scientists. lawyers, accountants, IT industry, Indians English is much better than sri lankans and they know Hindi too. So they will be hired in large numbers. Our professionals will be unemployed as a result. India is a country whose govt does not care about the socio economic situation of the vast majority of its citizens and many of its citizens live in extremely large slums. The corrupt uncaring Indian Govts do not help their own citizens socio economically. However the Indian Govt is trying to colo

    Bippity Boppity Boo Sunday, 13 September 2015 03:11 PM

    Well said. In today's open economy no special trade agreements should signed. I hope this stance will be maintained into the future. When such agreements are signed the weaker side (Sri Lanka) is badly affect such as buying junk.

    Leela Monday, 14 September 2015 03:40 PM

    India is overtaking China in population numbers soon. They need more land ..... and everything.

    mori Monday, 14 September 2015 09:30 PM

    tourismstudy and research visas should be eased not working visasduties must be waived but local businesses must be protected via DM Android App

    Arjuna Ratnasabapathy Sunday, 13 September 2015 05:30 PM

    clarity is welcome

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