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No political involvement in Chinese ship docking decision: Sri Lankan envoy

India flagged off the ship’s technical capability and expressed concern about the purpose of its voyage

India flagged off the ship’s technical capability and expressed concern about the purpose of its voyage

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda said on September 19 that her country was working on a framework for cooperation with India to avoid issues such as docking of the coastline. Chinese research ship at the island’s southern port in Hambantota last month,

Interacting with the media at the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), Mr Moragoda said the decision to allow docking of the Chinese ship ‘Yuan Wang 5’ was taken at the level of “officers” in the chaotic times when former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was leaving the country.

“The approval for this docking was given when we were in a state of chaos on the ground,” the high commissioner said. And said there was no political involvement in the decision.

Mr Moragoda said, “I think the lesson we have learned is that we need very close cooperation and coordination with India and we also need a framework of cooperation and we are discussing that. “

He said that India is the anchor of security in the region.

The Chinese ballistic missile and satellite tracking ship was stationed at the Chinese-run Hambantota port from 16 August to 22 August.

On 13 August, the Sri Lankan government allowed the vessel access to the port from 16 to 22 August on the condition that it would keep the Automatic Identification System (AIS) operating within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and that no scientific research would take place. . in its watershed.

India flagged off the ship’s technical capability and expressed concern about the purpose of its voyage.

New Delhi was concerned that the ship’s tracking systems were trying to spy on Indian installations.

Mr. Moragoda thanked India for standing by Sri Lanka in this time of crisis and expressed hope that it will play an important role in the economic revival of the island nation.

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