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Attanayake takes on Ranil in Parliament over Hambantota port

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Heated arguments erupted with regard to the Hambantota Port in Parliament today.

The initial argument arose between SJB MP Tissa Attanayake and Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Mr. Attanayake said the port was sold to China while Mr. Wickremesinghe said it was given only on a 70-year lease.

“When an asset is leased for a period more than 33 years, it is considered sold,” Mr. Attanayake argued.

Minister of Ports Rohitha Abeygunawardene who joined the cross talk said it is a 99-year lease. “I will send a copy of the agreement where it is clearly written that the Port has been leased out for a period of 99 years,” he said.

“It is possible for the Sri Lankan government to take over the port by making a payment to the Chinese government,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

“It is not possible to take over the Port instantly ,” Abeygunawardene said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)


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  • Crocodile Thursday, 02 December 2021 12:49 PM

    Arguing over a ‘ White elephant’. Mattala airport, Cricket field in same boat.

    Kikazaru Thursday, 02 December 2021 02:20 PM

    What has Gota done to the Mattala Air Port ? Now two years have passed.

    Dee Thursday, 02 December 2021 02:38 PM

    Lucky if we can sell it!

    GERIATRIC Thursday, 02 December 2021 02:44 PM

    WE INCOME TAX PAYERS HAVE NOT PAID SALARIES TO PARLIAMENTARIANS JUST ONLY TO BE ARGUING... GET ON WITH DEVELOPING COUNTRY!

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 02 December 2021 03:04 PM

    Ranil and Tissa. Further examples of the detritus that litters Sri Lankan politics. Government benches, Opposition benches, I doubt there are five members between them that can contribute anything to the nation. Without sweeping away the political class and replacing the deadweights with people of intellect and integrity we have little prospect of salvation. Somalia or Zimbabwe...just a matter of time and these two will still be there offering us nothing.

    U ali Thursday, 02 December 2021 03:46 PM

    Does Ranil lie or is he down with dementia


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