In the dispute of the East Terminal of Colombo Port, the government is bound to protect foreign trade and international relations, in which case India in particular cannot be done with, said Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Minister of Ports and Naval Affairs, speaking to media yesterday (18).
"The committee appointed by me is currently studying on what should be done in the future. We should not be forgetting that we are conducting a re-exporting business. 66% of re-export is being done with India; 9.50% with Bangladesh. Therefore, we have to protect our foreign trade and international relations," the Minister said.
He went on: "Therefore, we have to finish the construction of this terminal within 18 months. On that hand, the Western Terminal should be initiated this year itself. Otherwise, we may lose shipping companies in this competition."
In terms of India, the country cannot be done with, in the manner in which two random folks in a village fight and separate, Abeygunawardena noted.