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Sri Lanka won’t be allowed to be used for ‘any activity’ against India: President Rajapaksa

Prime News, International (Colombo), Oct 6:- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday assured India that his country would not be allowed to be used for “any activity” that could pose a threat to India’s security, as he explained Colombo’s ties with China in a “comprehensive manner” to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and exchanged views with him on a wide range of issues, including the post-pandemic revival of the economy.

Foreign Secretary Shringla called on President Rajapaksa before he wrapped up his four-day visit to the island nation to review the bilateral ties. The meeting took place a day after the president returned from the US after attending the annual UN General Assembly.

“Sri Lanka would not be allowed to be used for any activity that could pose a threat to India’s security,” Rajpaksa conveyed it to Shringla during the meeting, a presidential release said.

Rajapaksa explained the nature of Sri Lanka’s relationship “with China in a comprehensive manner and informed the Indian Foreign Secretary not to have any doubts about it,” it said.

China has been ramping up its presence in Sri Lanka, investing billions of dollars in various infrastructure projects, including ports.

Beijing is also providing financial assistance to Sri Lanka as its economy struggles under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sri Lanka is also key to China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI), an ambitious infrastructure project that aims to expand the country’s influence and global trade links. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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