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2017-04-21

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to discuss the development of the Trincomalee Port during his upcoming visit to India next week.

A spokesman of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs was quoted by The Hindu saying the visit of the Prime Minister to India from the 25th of April is part of their continuing engagement with the Lankan government at the highest level.

The Indian official said a Memorandum of Understanding to develop Trincomalee port’s prospects through operating a major oil-storage facility, LNG plant and piped-gas projects and developing it as a key transit point with major expressways and industrial zones in the region is in the final stages of negotiations.

The two sides will also hold discussions on the Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement that will be taken forward during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka for the International Vesak Day celebrations to be commemorated on the 12th of May.

The Hindu reported Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is travelling to India on a private visit from the 25th of April to the 29th, but will spend the 26th of April in Delhi for official meetings.

Indian officials said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will call on the Prime Minister.

Apart from the economic agenda, Premier Wickremesinghe is expected to discuss the ongoing dispute over fishing rights in the Palk Strait with Shushma Swaraj.