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Port City: India tells SL to be “mindful”

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India has told Sri Lanka to be “mindful” of its excellent bilateral cooperation following the recent developments with the Colombo Port City.

Arindam Bagchi, the Official Spokesperson at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs had told reporters in New Delhi that India expects Sri Lanka to remain mindful of their excellent bilateral cooperation, including for mutual security in their shared environment, which includes the maritime domain.

Regarding the Colombo Port City project, Bagchi said that India has been closely following recent developments from their security perspective. He said that India has also noted the concerns that have been raised in Sri Lanka regarding several aspects of the framework for the Colombo Port City.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena last month signed and validated the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill. Thereby, the Colombo Port City

Economic Commission Act will be implemented in full.

India, which is involved in several projects in Sri Lanka, has been concerned over the Port City project since the project was launched. Bagchi said that India has a very extensive portfolio of partnership development projects in Sri Lanka and are in regular contact with Sri Lankan authorities regarding their implementation of these projects.(EASWARAN RUTNAM)

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  • Violated sovereignty Friday, 18 June 2021 07:30 AM

    Why this interference in our internal affairs? We are a sovereign country.

    Punchi Banda Friday, 18 June 2021 07:33 AM

    This is unwanted interference. The only interference if at all that is required is money or it Alms to our Buddha blessed country to keep our people from starvation. Begging alms is ok in our religion and in the psyche of our nation

    Tamils and Sinhalese Unite Against Indian Interference Friday, 18 June 2021 07:51 AM

    No country in the world except China was willing to help us by building the Port City, and this city is going to rival Dubai and Singapore. This is a win win situation for Sri Lanka. If the Indians don’t like our ambitious plans we have envisaged for us then that is India’s problem and we don’t give a damn.

    RoaringCreek Friday, 18 June 2021 07:55 AM

    This clearly shows what Sri Lanka could not get the AstraZeneca vaccine from India. The JVP revealed that the Serum Institute is still exporting vaccines.

    Love Colombo Friday, 18 June 2021 07:58 AM

    Hey Presto You guys remained neutral in Geneva now preeching us ! Ha ha ha

    HHJ Friday, 18 June 2021 08:17 AM

    India being a bully as usual. They’re no better than China.

    Cisco Friday, 18 June 2021 08:18 AM

    Ar we not an independent country or else Indians are considering SL as a colony of India?

    Seqi Friday, 18 June 2021 08:21 AM

    India working with a now declining Uncle Sam.. . . . India still hanker after the good old days of the Raj.. .. but this time with Uncle Sam as its master.. ..

    Saint Friday, 18 June 2021 08:42 AM

    Ask India if they want a piece of SL. We are open for sale

    Sunil Friday, 18 June 2021 09:47 AM

    India, please don't place a sarcastic threat to us by saying 'Mutual security in shared environment'. We cannot be threatened by the reemergence of terrorist groups as a trade off to Port City. Port City is important for our economic prosperity. Please don't spoil our lives like how you destabilise your lankan collegues in middle east offices.

    Thavamanis1400@gmail.com Friday, 18 June 2021 10:40 AM

    India never wants us to develop... They always wants us to be beggars This is important project which helps us to compete with Dubai and Singapore

    Alphonso D Friday, 18 June 2021 10:46 AM

    In a pincer military action from the south, our greet patriotic solders will alongside China from the north and Pakistan from the west will crush this Indian menace to our nation

    ravin Friday, 18 June 2021 12:07 PM

    " excellent bilateral cooperation, including for mutual security in their shared environment, which includes the maritime domain." and provided training facilities for LTTE in there own soil , by forced dropping of food items in an independent territory, on going encroaching territorial waters of an independent state and do bottom trawling to name few.

    Be Fair Friday, 18 June 2021 12:09 PM

    Sure we should be MINDFUL, we should not forget how supposed to be big brother has ditched us on many occasions

    Palitha Friday, 18 June 2021 12:18 PM

    Good news. India should do what it needs to do to needle the lankan kollo wasai boys. Make them angry, make them hate. This is nothing new for the Sri Lankan kollo wasai boys.

    Enlighten Friday, 18 June 2021 10:28 PM

    Solve the ethnic crisis. Do not bury your head in sand and pretend everything is ok. We have two ethnicity,two languages,two culture,two major religions and two traditional living areas that existed before British amalgamated both states. India is watching.


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