While claiming that the government would ensure that all Sri Lankan ports are open for commercial shipping, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that no naval bases within Sri Lanka would be allocated to other countries.
“We would like to reiterate that there would be no naval bases allocated to other countries within Sri Lanka,” he said.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, delivering the keynote speech at the 6th annual Galle Dialogue said Sri Lanka understood the role of the US Navy, and the requirement for States neighboring the sea to include US Navy in the measures to uphold navigational freedom in the Indian Ocean.
He said the South Asian region has always resisted the domination of the Indian Ocean by any single entity.
“Therefore, all the countries of the region must jointly commit themselves to upholding the freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean while preventing any demands placed on its usage by the ships of one single nation, as agreed by all stakeholders,” the Prime Minister said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
We have a agreement with India that we will not allow anyone to use our ports against them
Podge Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:06 PM
sene Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:20 AM
agreement will be changed so China will not have outright control
Mason Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:39 AM
We have granted a section of Colombo Port to the Chinese, and a further 200 acres when the Port City is completed. The Chinese have not told us the intended uses.What does this supposed to mean ?
Kadmin Monday, 23 November 2015 07:51 PM
Well said PM. It is a timely reply as well.
Coconut Donkey Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:34 AM
Only if the terms of the agreement is changed and no other country, particularly china is given outright ownership of land, the agreement made public, proper environmental study is done and the project is okayed will we the general public allow you to proceed with the project. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE US.
iSilva Monday, 23 November 2015 09:08 PM
Oh! What about the Port City Project? Will it be given the go ahead with the Chinese Company (?) give land outright?
Prem Nath Monday, 23 November 2015 09:40 PM
Hope this can be maintained.
lkboy Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:23 PM
What about port city?
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