Hambantota port not in Chinese hands: Lanka PM

COLOMBO: The security and tasks of the vital Hambantota port

are absolutely under the Sri Lankan government’s control, the nation’s Prime

Priest Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated, easing fears that the Chinese

interest in the island country could cause worries for nations like


Tending to the two-day long Third Asia Europe Political Forum here,

Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka keeps up well disposed relations with all

nations and is very much aware of the current worldwide patterns.

“India is our accomplice from our history. We have great relations with

Japan and we were one of the primary nations to perceive China. We will keep up this circumstance. We don’t become involved with

somebody’s opposition,” he said .

“Numerous individuals think about that the Hambantota port as a Chinese army installation. I acknowledge that there will be a military camp. However, it is

a Sri Lanka Navy camp. Once introduced, a Sri Lankan Rear Admiral will be in charge. Any ship from any nation can come there.

In any case, we control the activities,” he included.

Wickremesinghe said that it was imperative for the island country that there is no military clash in the Indian Ocean.

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