The US Embassy in Colombo said that its
Defence Attaché and two officials visited the Hambantota port at the invitation
of the Defence Ministry. The port strategically situated bang on the East West
international sea route has been on the lime light ever since a Chinese company
took over the port on a 99 year lease. The port is situated at the southern tip
of the island.
We are always
appreciative of meaningful engagement with Sri Lankan counterparts: US Embassy
Public Affairs Officer
“The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense
invited members of the Embassy’s Defence Attaché’s Office to visit the Port. We
are always appreciative of meaningful engagement with Sri Lankan counterparts,”
US Embassy Public Affairs Officer David McGuire was quoted by the Sri Lankan
media after the visit late last week.
Three US delegates attached to the
Embassy in Colombo went on an inspection tour at the Hambantota International
Port on October 10th. During the visit, the delegates met with the senior
administration of the Port.
The Port is currently managed by
Hambantota International Port Group, a private limited liability company formed
as a result of a public private partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka
and China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort).
US and its allies including India have
expressed concern ever since a Chinese nuclear submarine was accommodated at
the Colombo port a few years ago when Mr Mahinda Rajapakshe was the President
of the country.