India to help develop Colombo, Trincomalee Ports: Indian Foreign Secretary

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 30-10-2017        Tweet

NEW DELHI: India will help develop both Colombo and Trincomalee Ports in Sri Lanka, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said, days after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe named India as a top contender for developing the strategically located Trincomalee harbour in Eastern part of the island nation.

The development potentially extends India's outreach in the Indian Ocean, where China is pursuing an expansionist policy. India is also helping build road and rail projects in Sri Lanka, Jaishankar said while addressing at a workshop titled 'Connecting the Bay of Bengal India, Japan, and Regional Cooperation', organised by the India chapter of global think tank Carnegie India.

Japan will also play a role in building the Trincomalee Port, said people aware of the matter.