India, Sri Lanka talks on land bridge

by damith
April 7, 2024 1:17 am 0 comment 3K views

By Dinuli Francisco

India’s proposal to construct a land bridge linking India and Sri Lanka will be presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe in the coming week.

A spokesman for the President’s Office said that following discussions with Indian representatives, the Government will review the basic concepts of the project.

Senior Adviser to the President and Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka concluded discussions in India recently, where the construction of the land bridge was a focal point among various bilateral matters. Ratnayaka held talks with a delegation of high-ranking officials, including Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra to explore the feasibility and benefits of the proposed project.

Indian Government officials have stressed the advantages that the land bridge could bring, emphasising the potential for enhanced import-export activities between the two nations. The land bridge is expected to strengthen economic ties and facilitate smoother trade operations with reduced transportation costs compared to maritime shipping or air freight.

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