Sri Lanka, Oct. 18 — The news reports published by the print and web media regarding the discussions held at the Presidential Secretariat during the Cabinet meeting on October 16, 2018 are totally false,Cabinet Secretary S.Abeysinghe said issuing a media notice yesterday.
He noted that with regard to the infrastructure development field, no Cabinet Paper,regarding any project by the Indian Government or any Indian Company was included in the agenda of that meeting.
The President had notified the Cabinet on several areas which are of significance to the two countries and the region that was discussed during his meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and himself, on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit that was held in Nepal.
Therefore, he urged all media institutions to clarify matters regarding the areas discussed during the Cabinet meetings with the relevant Cabinet Spokesmen prior to publishing such news reports.
Meanwhile, Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne stressed that only the Cabinet Paper asking for the purchasing of magnetic cranes for the Colombo East Terminal was discussed. He added that there was no Cabinet Paper to hand it over to an Indian company or investment.
“The President noted that he spoke to Indian Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of BIMSTEC in Nepal and said Premier Modi did not mind Sri Lanka undertaking the development. Prime Minister Modi had informed the President they only pursued it because it was a proposal put forward by the previous regime and they had discussed an agreement on it then”.
“The Cabinet Paper on the purchasing of the cranes however was postponed this week. Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe had pointed out that the Sri Lanka Ports Authority was willing to purchase it but there were no Observations from the Finance Ministry.Therefore, it was postponed for another day,” Senaratne said.