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Nov 18, 2016

Ranil instructs to give MR all facilities for China tour! Featured

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the foreign affairs ministry to provide all diplomatic level facilities to ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa during his upcoming tour of China.

Rajapaksa will undertake a weeklong visit to China starting on November 23 at the invitation of the Chinese government.

A grave threat

Meanwhile, Rajapaksa warns of a grave threat to the country’s sovereignty and security due to the granting of 15,000 acres in Hambantota as well as the port there to a Chinese company.

Making a statement in parliament on November 16, he noted all 12 investment zones in the country were state-owned and extended up to less than 400 acres, excepting the Katunayake (530) and Biyagama (450) zones.

He said none of these investment zones have been fully occupied and questioned as to why 15,000 acres were being given to a single company.

No local investor is getting such facilities, Rajapaksa stressed, adding that he had fullest confidence that the Hambantota people would not allow the handover of 15,000 acre of their land to a foreign country.

He urged the other party not to breach the longstanding friendship.

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