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Agreement on Hambantota Port, Industrial Zone not formulated as yet: Head of State

Agreement on Hambantota Port, Industrial Zone not formulated as yet: Head of State

Agreement on Hambantota Port, Industrial Zone not formulated as yet: Head of State

By Keshala Dias

05 Jan, 2017 | 6:53 pm

The government has not formulated any agreement with regard to the Hambantota Port and the industrial zone, nor unveiled any committee report over the matter, says President Maithripala Sirisena.

The president had said that the government will not enter into any agreement with a foreign country or a company in contravention of the constitution or by damaging the integrity and respect of the country.

He also said that if such an agreement is to be entered into, it will be done in a transparent manner, after initial formulation and presenting to the Attorney General, the cabinet of ministers, as well as the parliament.

He said that he will not let the trust placed in him as the country’s first citizen be breached at any point. The President made a statement while addressing the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation today, January 05.

“As of late, there has been a massive opposition towards the Hambantota Port and the Industrial Zone. They had called on the chief prelates of the three chapters and had presented completely false information. I must say very clearly that nearly two years ago, the people of this country elected me as its chief servant, with the trust they had in me. Therefore, for the sake of my motherland and the people I will leave no room for that trust to be broken. This agreement on the Hambantota Port and Industrial Zone that they speak of so much has not even been formulated as yet”.