Nothing agnst India will happen in SL land, waters: Lanka Navy chief

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka today assured India that neither will its land nor water around it be used for any activity against Indian interests, amid increased Chinese naval forays into the Indian Ocean.

“We assure the Indian Government that nothing against India will happen in Sri Lankan land and waters around it,” Sri Lankan Navy chief Vice Admiral R C Wijegunaratne said when asked about the docking of Chinese submarines there.

The Sri Lankan Navy chief is on an official visit to India from January 29 to February 2. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Sri Lanka as well as explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

Speaking to the media here, he asserted that Chinese presence in Sri Lanka was purely for economic reasons.

“We have also invited Indian firms,” he said. (AGENCIES)