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Trincomalee port will soon come under India's sphere of influence

Joint venture with India, Japan and Sri Lanka as partners to develop the strategic Trincomalee Port was being discussed among the political leadership of the island, diplomatic sources said according to Sri Lankan media reports

Initial talks were held between New Delhi and Colombo, but with Tokyo also having expressed an interest in developing the Trincomalee Port, a trilateral partnership was in the offing, sources revealed.

The establishment of a Joint Working Group to discuss improvements to the port, petroleum and other industries in Trincomalee, was mandated following talks between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi, in April this year.

Sources said that both India and Japan awaited the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe governments master plan for developing the port city of Trincomalee, prior to making commitments on the quantum of investments they were prepared to make. The duo has finalysed the port deal with a Chinese company for developing the strategic Hambantota port.

As part of the strategic balancing act the island nation is planning to hand over the north eastern port of Trincomalee to a Japanese Indian combine. For the domestic audience the Lankan leadership keeps saying that the operational control of the ports will be vested with Sri Lankan Port authority

Since 2003 improvements to the Lower Tank section of the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm have been effected by Lanka IOC. The ongoing discussions are centred on development of the Upper Tank section as well.


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