Ranil talks development with Modi

October 21, 2018

While President Maithripala Sirisena has denied  accusing India’s intelligence agency RAW of plotting to kill him, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met his Indian counterpart Narendra  Modi in New Delhi yesterday  and ironed  out issues arising from the situation that prevailed  in Colombo last week.

Informed sources said that  Wickremesinghe had assured Modi that India like China or any other country,  was welcome to invest  in  Sri Lanka’s development projects  on a win-win basis.

The two day visit comes amidst concerns expressed by New Delhi of the slow pace at which several India-aided projects in Sri Lanka were progressing. But Wickremsinghe had assured that it was not a case of trying to please one country over another, as his government’s vision was to create a prosperous regional economy in the Indian Ocean region.

President Sirisena said last week that he had already informed Premier Modi, that India was welcome to invest in the West Container Terminal of the Colombo Port and not the  East Terminal , which the Sri Lanka Ports Authority would be developing.


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