ECONOMYNEXT – Defence Attachés from several embassies in Colombo had visited Sri Lanka’s China-backed port in Hambantota International Port, its operating firm said.
The visiting group represented the USA, Maldives, France, Germany, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
“Some of them showed interest in directing their country’s naval vessels to Hambantota International Port (HIP) for replenishment and for husbandry services while operating in the region,” the company said.
Two Indian naval vessels visited HIP recently for replenishments and husbandry services.
Naval vessels from Japan, Indonesia, Russia and USA have called at the port of Hambantota.
HIP is a deepwater multipurpose port with a depth of 17 metres.
Miyuru Gunasekara, General Manager of Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) and Dilan Silva; Security Specialist of HIPS, Commanding officer of Kawantissa Naval Base, Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) representing Navy had welcomed them.
Representatives from the Sri Lanka Army and Police were also present and the visit was approved by the Ministry of Defence, the HIPS said. (Colombo/Mar20/2022)