No pressure from India on Port City project - govt

No pressure from India on Port City project - govt

July 23, 2015   10:15 am

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The Sri Lankan government has denied reports that the Indian government is exerting pressure on it to stall the $1.4 billion Colombo Port City Project.

Responding to a query on whether the Indian government is pushing Sri Lanka to suspend the Chinese-funded off-shore city project, Mahishini Colonne, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters that it was “not true.”

However, she declined to react to a recent comment of former Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on the Indian concerns about the project.

He had reportedly said that when he was Defence Secretary under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had urged him to stop the Chinese-funded project on grounds that it was a threat to the security of India.

According to the Indian High Commission in Colombo, the previous and the present (Sri Lankan) governments are “aware of our views” on the project, The Hindu reported.

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