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Indian HC calls on President, PM

High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay has called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

According to diplomatic sources, the focus of the talks was on the recent developments pertaining to the Eastern and Western Container Terminals of the Colombo Port.

The Sri Lankan Government has decided to retain 100 percent SLPA ownership of the ECT while inviting India and Japan to develop the WCT.

Necessary steps are to be taken to develop the West Container Terminal of the Colombo Port on the basis of operating and developing as a public-private partnership and return it within 35 years together with the Government of India and the Government of Japan nominated parties and SLPA.

Government sources said the decision regarding the West Container Terminal has been taken in compliance with the International Agreements signed by the Government of Sri Lanka with a view to developing the Port of Colombo as a competitive port in the region.

The Hindu, quoting official sources, said “the thrust of the Indian envoy’s message to the Sri Lankan leadership was that Colombo must adhere to its commitments in the tripartite agreement of May 2019, to jointly develop the strategic terminal with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) holding 51 % stakes, and India and Japan, holding 49 % together.”