Lanka’s claim of Indian mission approval for WCT project proposal ‘factually incorrect’: MEA

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The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday described as “factually incorrect” the Sri Lankan authorities’s claim {that a} proposal on Colombo Port’s Western Container Terminal has been authorised by the Indian High Commission, and stated it understands that the Lankan dispensation has engaged immediately with buyers on this project.

Sri Lanka introduced on Tuesday that it has authorised the proposal to develop the strategic Colombo Port’s Western Container Terminal (WCT) below a three way partnership with India and Japan for a interval of 35 years, weeks after it scrapped a trilateral take care of each the international locations to develop one other terminal on the identical port.

The Cabinet memorandum stated that the proposal introduced by

and particular financial zone restricted (APSEZ Consortium) has been authorised by the Indian High Commission.

Asked about it at an internet media briefing right here, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated, “Our High Commission in Colombo has already conveyed to the government of Sri Lanka that their media release insofar as the reference to the approval of the High Commission was concerned, is factually incorrect.”

“We understand that the government of Sri Lanka has engaged directly with investors on this project,” he stated.

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