Lanka's claim of Indian mission approval for WCT project proposal 'factually incorrect': MEA

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NEW DELHI: The

Ministry of External Affairs

on Friday described as "factually incorrect" the Sri Lankan government's claim that a proposal on Colombo Port's

Western Container Terminal

has been approved by the

Indian High Commission

, and said it understands that the Lankan dispensation has engaged directly with investors on this project.
Sri Lanka

announced on Tuesday that it has approved the proposal to develop the strategic Colombo Port's Western Container Terminal (WCT) under a joint venture with India and Japan for a period of 35 years, weeks after it scrapped a trilateral deal with both countries to develop another terminal at the same port.
The Cabinet memorandum said that the proposal presented by

Adani Ports

and special economic zone limited (APSEZ Consortium) has been approved by the Indian High Commission.
Asked about it at an online media briefing, MEA spokesperson

Anurag Srivastava

said, "Our High Commission in Colombo has already conveyed to the government of Sri Lanka that their media release in so far as the reference to the approval of the High Commission was concerned, is factually incorrect."
"We understand that the government of Sri Lanka has engaged directly with investors on this project," he said.

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