Japan regrets Sri Lanka scrapping 2019 deal with New Delhi, Tokyo

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Japan envoy to Colombo Akira Sugiyama met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Wednesday (Image: Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry)

The Sri Lankan Cabinet had on Monday unanimously approved that the East Terminal of the port would be developed solely by the Sri Lanka Port Authority

Japan has expressed its “regret” after Sri Lanka scrapped the 2019 deal with New Delhi and Tokyo for development of Colombo port’s East Container Terminal. The Japanese embassy official in Delhi responding to WION’ question “expressed regret at the unilateral decision taken by Sri Lanka”.

The Sri Lankan Cabinet had on Monday unanimously approved that the East Terminal of the port would be developed solely by the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA).

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the development, Japanese envoy to Colombo Akira Sugiyama met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Wednesday to discuss a “range of matters relevant to the bilateral partnership between Sri Lanka and Japan”

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