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Lanka allows construction of breakwater at Port City Project

Lanka allows construction of breakwater at Port City Project
Sri Lanka has allowed some construction work at the suspended USD 1.5 billion Port City Project to save its existing structure from sea erosion ahead of a visit by President Maithripala Sirisena here for candid talks on bilateral ties.

"As far as we have learnt the Sri Lankan government has approved resumption of the construction of breakwater of the Colombo port," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters here on Thursday while responding to a question whether Colombo has informed Beijing about the construction of a breakwater at the project site.

In Colombo, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that the decision was taken following a request by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe when the cabinet convened for its weekly meeting yesterday. The entire project had been suspended by the new government which took office in January after concerns were raised over some aspects of the project. Hong said China believes that "the Sri Lankan side will properly deal with relevant issues to safeguard their own interests as well as the lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies and create sound conditions for the mutual benefit of cooperation between China and Sri Lanka."

Earlier, Hong announced the visit of Sirisena to China to take part in the annual Boao Forum for Asia.
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