In the immediate aftermath of the government's decision that the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo will be operated totally by Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), India reiterated its expectation for the expeditious implementation of the Trilateral Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed in May, 2019 among the governments of Sri Lanka, India and Japan.
An Indian High Commission spokesman said the commitment of the Sri Lankan government has been conveyed several times in the recent past and also at the leadership level.
“Sri Lankan Cabinet also took a decision three months ago to implement the project with foreign investors. All sides should continue to abide by the existing understandings and commitment,” he said. The 2019 government proposed to set up a terminal management company with 51% stake for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the rest for India.
The incumbent government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also proposed to develop the ECT jointly as an investment project rather than leasing it out or selling it off. (Kelum Bandara)
harshass Monday, 01 February 2021 06:01 PM
sorry only Chinese are welcome
Vadivelu Yogaratnm Monday, 01 February 2021 06:20 PM
Please don't twist and change your words to mislead the ignorant majority public, come clean on the subject.
Idit Boy Monday, 01 February 2021 06:34 PM
Select a word or more suitable words from this list ; obey,accept.carry out. comply.embrace.execute. heed. observe. OR surrender.
ravin Monday, 01 February 2021 06:42 PM
Sri Lanka is nor longer a colony.
Saranga W Monday, 01 February 2021 06:48 PM
Game on If I were from India I would stop any Vaccine exports and pull out all transhipenats so Unions and Monks with JVP can continue work-to-rule for another decade to come as no business left to service
keep your fingers in your own pie Monday, 01 February 2021 07:10 PM
NEW WORDING _ "jointly" thanks a lot for your concern - We will look after ourselves. Hope our weaklings we sent to Divavan Oya straighten their back bones.
Joshua Monday, 01 February 2021 07:45 PM
India calling the spades a spade. Our politicians cannot fool the Government of India like they do in SL with the gullible and foolish voters. game on Saar
Demuni Uduwara Monday, 01 February 2021 07:57 PM
An acid test!
Sambo Monday, 01 February 2021 08:15 PM
Why is India insisting because our top politicians have promised them. On the 4th we are celebrating independence. So where is the independence if other countries are demanding part of our lands.
Buddhist Monday, 01 February 2021 08:25 PM
Govt cannot keep its promises on Election promises, Gazettes, Judicial independence and now international agreements. Untrustworthy Govt.
Thusitha from Sri Lanka Monday, 01 February 2021 09:00 PM
Why this interperence in our internal appairs? We are a sovereign country.
dara Monday, 01 February 2021 10:25 PM
It's ridiculous, you had MOU with previous regime,it's only understanding to do in future, previous regime ready to sell anything to have fun life,but this government promised NOT selling anything to other countries, so this government can not do it,India should understand it this remind me Serivanija of Serivanija jathaka,who lived many centuries ago in india
Ascot Dexter Wednesday, 03 February 2021 08:27 PM
Indians stop bullying and interfearing in Srilanka. This big bully is hated by all its neighbors around them and no one welcome them with open arms. These Indians always exploit and screw its neighbors and steal from them with unequally enforced one sided agreements. Time to show them our finger and tell them politely enough is enough and stop buying their cheap substandard products.
Kathir Thursday, 04 February 2021 03:47 AM
It is better for Sri Lanka to send a reply to Indian gouvernment in Chinese language to Stop bullying.
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