India keeps eye on protests in Sri Lanka against US base plan


India is keeping a close watch as protests grow in Sri Lanka over a proposed pact with the US, which could enable the setting up of an American military base in New Delhi’s southern neighbourhood.

The Indian establishment is of the view that as a close neighbour, it would respect Colombo’s decision, as the Sri Lankan Prime Minister on Wednesday announced that his country would not sign any pact that violated sovereignty. “Delhi will respect Colombo’s decision on the matter. We are keeping a close watch as this pertains to our neighbourhood that has strategic significance for India,” an informed source who did not wish to be named told ET.

President Maithripala Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, also said over the weekend that he would not allow signing of any agreement which would not be in Sri Lanka’s interests. Read More

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