Japan has actually revealed its “regret” after Sri Lanka ditched the 2019 handle New Delhi and Tokyo for advancement of Colombo port’sEast Container Terminal The Japanese embassy authorities in Delhi reacting to WION’ concern “expressed regret at the unilateral decision taken by Sri Lanka”.
The Sri Lankan Cabinet had on Monday all authorized that the East Terminal of the port would be established exclusively by the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA.
Meanwhile, in the consequences of the advancement, Japanese envoy to Colombo Akira Sugiyama met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Wednesday to talk about a “range of matters relevant to the bilateral partnership between Sri Lanka and Japan”, a tweet from Sri Lankan MFA stated.
Earlier over the weekend, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa ensured objecting regional employee’s trade union that the terminal will not be offered or rented to any foreign entity.
In a tweet, he stated, that the Lankan Ports Authority will preserve control of the ECT and the Sri Lankan govt “adheres strictly to its policy of retaining assets belonging to the govt”.
In 2019, India, Japan and Sri Lanka signed a trilateral Memorandum of Cooperation for advancement of the terminal under the previous Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe govt.
Under the trilateral plan, a Sri Lankan federal government PSU–Sri Lankan Port Authority will hold bulk show the staying share being held in between Japanese and Indian entities.
While India is yet to respond on Colombo’s choice, ahead of the statement by Sri Lankan federal government, a representative of the Indian High Commission in Colombo “reiterated the expectation of Government of India for expeditious implementation of the trilateral Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC” checked in May 2019.
Pointing out to the “commitment of Government of Sri Lanka in this regard has been conveyed several times in the recent past, including at the leadership level… All sides should continue to abide by the existing understandings and commitment.”
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan federal government, possibly as an offsetting deal has stated it would include India and Japan for advancement of Colombo port’s West Container terminal.