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The Japanese government is considering providing patrol ships to Sri Lanka to help the South Asian country strengthen its maritime surveillance capabilities, a Japanese government source said..

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to convey the plan to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he visits the country in early September, the source said.

Tokyo expects the move to help improve sea lane security in the Indian Ocean where tankers transporting oil from the Middle East to Japan travel, according to the source.

It also comes at a time when China is giving support to Sri Lanka and other countries in South Asia in an apparent bid to expand its reach into the Indian Ocean.

Tokyo will decide how many ships to provide after Abe's visit, the source said. Officials from the two countries will hold talks to decide whether Japan will build new ships for Sri Lanka or provide Japan Coast Guard patrol vessels already in use.

The Japanese government is considering giving loans to Sri Lanka for the ship purchase, the source said.(Kyodo)

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  • Sunil Perera Monday, 25 August 2014 06:03 AM

    Hope this is not on a LOAN BASIS ? to pay by our children s...

    Bhatiya Monday, 25 August 2014 06:09 AM

    Thank you Japan. Marine surveilance is of utmost importance to SL.

    ABC Monday, 25 August 2014 01:28 PM

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    Nilantha Monday, 25 August 2014 08:41 AM

    [quote name="Sunil Perera"]Hope this is not on a LOAN BASIS ? to pay by our children s...[/quote]

    TRY READING THE ARTICLE AGAIN!

    KID fayas Monday, 25 August 2014 04:03 PM

    Arigatho...

    human Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:08 AM

    To ABC even if u save tis deal u cant even go near the big neighbors navy. if u treat them so thats end of ur story. via DM Android App

    Public Tuesday, 26 August 2014 02:17 AM

    Did we Public hear it as Petrol Ships.

    Yuri Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:08 AM

    As long as ANY THING FREE most welcome ! Check us before anything throw .


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