Govt. isolating neighbours – Namal

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By 2017-06-19

By Shaahidah Riza

The incumbent Government is isolating regional neighbours in favour of other countries, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said yesterday.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, he noted that the Government is struggling to maintain it's non- aligned foreign policy.

He added: "The foreign policy is supposed to be non-aligned, especially, for an island-nation likes ours surrounded by giant neighbours. If we try to align only with certain sectors, that will affect us in the long-term. We should get help from India, in the past our governments did so, in connection with the war and so on.

"Compared to China, delivery is very slow when it comes to India. If delivery was fast, the Hambantota Harbour would have been an Indian harbour not a Chinese funded harbour. We have to work on agreements when we are close to anyone. We are not saying that the current government must distance itself from India, but what we are saying is by doing that we should not distance ourselves from China. We shouldn't distance ourselves from Europe because of China."

He added that Sri Lanka should work with all these countries and make choices that would be beneficial for the country. He went on to note that two years ago, his father, the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government were accused of making Sri Lanka a Chinese colony. However, the incumbent Government is manifesting the same accusation during their reign in power.

"What is this government doing now? We took loans from China to develop highways, but they are giving national assets out on lease," he said.



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