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Saturday, 16 December 2017 - 13:19
India raises concerns over H'tota Port transfer
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India expects Sri Lanka to be mindful of its "security concerns and sensitivities", the Indian External Affairs Ministry said while reacting to the Sri Lankan government handing over the Hambantota Port to China on a 99-year lease last week.

Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar made it clear that India's relation with Sri Lanka "stand on its own and is not dependent on our relations with any third country".

He said India was confident of the strength of enduring ties with Sri Lanka which were deep-rooted and multidimensional.

"We continue to take up with Sri Lanka issues related to the security concerns in the region and expect that our Sri Lankan friends will keep in mind our security concerns and sensitivities," he said.

Two firms, Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) managed by the China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will own the port and the investment zone around it.

The port, overlooking the Indian Ocean, is expected to play a key role in China's Belt and Road initiative, which will link ports and roads between China and Europe.

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