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US Officials visit Hambantota Port run by a Chinese company

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.

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