Sri Lanka to undertake ‘India first approach’

Colombo, August 26

Sri Lanka will undertake an “India first approach” as its new international coverage plank and shield New Delhi’s strategic safety pursuits, the nation’s Foreign Secretary, Jayanath Colombage, has mentioned as he sought to allay considerations amid China’s rising presence within the island nation.

Admiral Colombage grew to become the first-ever international secretary from a army background when he was appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to go the Foreign Ministry on August 14.

In an interview revealed by Daily Mirror on Wednesday, Colombage mentioned “Sri Lanka will not do anything harmful to India’s strategic security interests.”

“China is the second-largest economy and India is considered the sixth-largest. In 2018, India was the world’s fastest-growing economy. That means we are between two economic giants,” he mentioned.

Commenting on the Chinese funding in Hambantota port, Colombage says that Sri Lanka had supplied India Hambantota first, nevertheless it didn’t undertake it for no matter purpose. — PTI

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