NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
SEAnews SEA Research, BLK 758 Yishun Street 72 #09-444 Singapore 760758
India Front Line Report
SEAnews Issue:monthly
tel:65-87221054
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
2019-12-10 ArtNo.46663
◆President says control of H'tota port should never have been given to China




【Colombo】Sri Lanka should never have given the control of Hambantota Port to China, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told Nitin A. Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief of BharatShakti.in, in his first interview after his election.
 He said that although China had been a good friend of Sri Lanka, he would consider it a mistake to have leased the port for 99 years. "I will request them to renegotiate and come with a better (deal) to assist us. So that is my position. We want to work with India very closely." Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka wanted to remain neutral in its foreign relations. The President said that Sri Lanka didn't want to bandwagon one country.
 "We understand the importance of the Indian concerns; we can't specially act or engage in any activity which will threaten the security of India that we know. We are in the region and India is a big power, is a big country. Though we want to be an independent, sovereign nation but we don't want to get involved. We have to understand the points of view of other countries and act accordingly.
 But (what) everybody wants today, the most important thing, is economic development. A country can't develop while isolating itself and Sri Lanka needs to open up while protecting the country, the industries and business. Sri Lanka needs the assistance from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan to achieve this objective. Yes, so rather than just criticising and I would like to even request the Tamil diaspora to forget these things, nobody is benefitted; rather we must work together to develop our country, help the people in our country irrespective of their community. I'm sure if the minority communities understand this. Everybody is a Sri Lankan citizen if they are born in Sri Lanka. They have equal rights, everybody, but they should not do certain things. They have to understand the reality."

○PM committed to a people-centred economy




【Colombo】The present Government is committed to creating a people-centered economy, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on November 25 speaking briefly after assuming duties as the Finance Minister. The Prime Minister was also appointed as the Finance, Economic Affairs, Policy Development, Buddha Sasana, Cultural, Water Supply & Urban Development, and Housing Facilities Minister in the interim cabinet appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
 He further said that: "All the plans and policies that are needed to rebuild the country's economy have already been prepared and now the government is in the process of preparing an organizational structure to implement those plans to provide relief for the people who suffered a lot due to economic-pressures. The President has also taken measures to implement the plans mentioned in his policy document to achieve the country's long-term financial goals."
 Recalling the economic situation that prevailed in the country before 2015, Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the country's economy recorded a growth rate of 6.8 percent by 2014 and the economy grew from 24 billion US dollars in 2005 to 79 billion US dollars by 2014. He further said that during the previous regime, the country's economy was weakened and both investors and the people completely lost confidence in the government. "People who voted for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expect a fast track economic development. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's government will never break the pledges given to the people," he added.

【News source】

President says control of H’tota port should never have been given to China

Committed to a people-centred economy - PM

○One world:AD-SEAnews


AD-SEAnews, New concept of SEAnews, aims to realize borderless one world.



Your Comments / Unsubscribe










width="200" border="0">




SEAnews Messenger



SEAnewsFacebook



SEAnews eBookstore



SEAnews world circulation


[Your Comments / Unsubscribe]/[您的意见/退订]/[ご意見/配信停止]
Please do not directly reply to the e-mail address which is used for delivering the newsletter.
请别用递送新闻的邮件地址而直接回信。
メールをお届けした送信専用アドレスには返信しないで下さい。
SEAnews 掲載記事の無断転載を禁じます。すべての内容は日本の著作権法並びに国際条約により保護されています。
Copyright 2003 SEAnews® All rights reserved. No reproduction or republication without written permission.