Thu. Oct 29th, 2020

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Close on the heels of China restating its commitment to Sri Lanka’s development goals and backing for Colombo at International online forums, the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Gopal Baglay satisfied Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (15) night to discuss continuous Indian tasks together with cooperation on brand-new projects.A leading level Chinese delegation, led by senior Chinese leader and top diplomacy authorities Yang Jiechi, who is similarly a member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo and the Director of the Central Committee’s Foreign Affairs Commission satisfied President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct 8. Then the delegation also went to UAE, Algeria and Serbia.Immediately after the high powered Chinese check out, an area of the media reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also anticipated to go to Colombo in the future this month. Asked whether the US embassy had actually issued a statement as issues Pompeo’s upcoming check out, an embassy authorities informed The Island such statements had been launched by the State Department. Subsequently, the authorities mentioned:” No official travel has really been validated at this time. Alert of any high level travel would be announced by the Department of State as soon as a journey is formally confirmed.” Sri Lankan officials mentioned that Pompeo was set up to go to Colombo in June 2019 for talks with the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. During bilateral talks, he was wanting to review concerns associating with counter terrorism, liberty of navigation in the Indian Ocean and the Indo-Pacific area, and the use of$ 480 million American Centuries Problem Corporation Fund with then Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe. Nevertheless, the visit which was to take place ahead of the US governmental check out to G-20 top in Osaka was cancelled in the middle of media furore over the US looking for to settle MCC (Centuries Problem Corporation) Compact and COUCH (Status of Forces Contract). However, the United States embassy in Colombo pointed out’ scheduling problems ‘over cancellation of the June 27, 2019

go to that was targeted at revealing uniformity with victims of Easter Sunday terror attacks.Pompeo was to take a trip to Colombo on a quick go to, arranged in between his New Delhi trip and a check out to Osaka accompanying President Donald Trump for the

June 28-29 G20 Summit.The Sri Lanka Prime Minister’s Office mentioned HC Baglay followed on the virtual top in between Premier Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.The PM’s Office specified:” One concern sector for Prime Minister Rajapaksa is water and sanitation. The High Commissioner noted a number of locations on which the 2 countries could collaborate, consisting of water requirements

in schools, sanitation requirements, rainwater harvesting, building of toilets for denied locations, and a job that might transform sewage into fertilizer.Prime Minister Rajapaksa showed that the lack of safe drinking water in specific parts of the nation is the main problem, including the function it plays in consistent kidney disease. This is now a key priority for the Sri Lankan Government.High Commissioner Baglay mentioned the

possibility to collaborate with Prime Minister Modi’s “Jal Jeevan Objective” (Water for Life Objective ), which is the Indian Federal government’s program that aims to supply drinkable water for every single household.Prime Minister Rajapaksa noted that the absence of drinking water is an especially severe concern in the dry zone area of Sri Lanka and asked for the High Commissioner to check out any assistance that can be supplied towards that end.The Prime Minister likewise asked for India to have a look at the pharmaceutical sector and motivate Indian investors to establish research study and production centers in Sri Lanka to help the nation meet its medical drug required.” In the wake of the high profile Chinese see, the media looked for an explanation from cabinet representative Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella whether Sri Lanka was getting closer to China at the expenditure of its long standing relationship with Japan. Asked whether the federal government’s doubtful option to end proposed Light Train System that

was to be built with Japanese financial help in Colombo and its suburbs triggered by growing relationship with China, Minister Rambukwella discussed that just recently there was media furore over Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage’s discuss Sri Lanka’s relationship with India. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka would continue to follow non-aligned diplomacy, the minister said.Sri Lanka associated the choice to cancel the Japanese financed task to lots of houses and company residential or commercial properties that would have to be damaged throughout construction, essential wetlands would be badly harmed, the expense of constructing the train track on towers would be huge, and business expenses too would be excessive.The Japan International Cooperation Company signed a concessionary loan plan with Sri Lanka worth about 30 billion yen($ 284 million) in March 2019 for the job, the general expenditure of which would be about 246.6 billion yen.According to foreign media reports the US, Japan and India are collaborating to counter growing Chinese regional and around the world impact. Source

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