Sri Lanka Snubs India, Says Have No Intention of Handing Over Strategic Palaly Airport


Sri Lanka has decided against giving control of Palaly Airport to India just days after the state-run Airport Authority of India made a move to develop it.

Sri Lankan civil aviation minister Nirmal Sripala De Silva told the parliament that the government had no intention of handing over the airport to Indian authorities.  He further said that the airport would be developed in partnership with the Tourism Development Fund and the Civil Aviation Authority.

His statement comes as the AAI, in a statement issued on Monday, said that it has signed an agreement with External Affairs Ministry for “preparation of a Detailed Project Report for development of Palaly airport in Sri Lanka”. This would have been the first project for the AAI in the island nation. Read More

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