India backs revival of Sri Lanka`s KKS harbour

India backed the restoration of Sri Lanka`s northern Kankesanthurai harbour, saying it would boost regional trade activities as well as increase people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

Colombo: India on Tuesday backed the restoration of Sri Lanka`s northern Kankesanthurai harbour, saying it would boost regional trade activities as well as increase people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

"The restoration of the Kankesanthurai harbour will provide a fillip to domestic and regional commerce in Sri Lanka. It will also result in increased connectivity and people-to-people contact between India and Sri Lanka, an objective to which both India and Sri Lanka are committed," said a statement issued by the Indian High Commission here.
India`s Ministry of External Affairs today signed an Agreement with RITES Limited for Consultancy Services on the preparation of a detailed project report and the conduct of geo-technical investigations for the rehabilitation of the Kankesanthurai Harbour.
KKS harbour served as the supply point in the north for the government troops during its long drawn out conflict with the LTTE.

Sri Lankan forces crushed the LTTE in May 2009 and killed its top leaders, who were fighting for a separate homeland for the Tamils, alleging discrimination at the hands of the Sinhalese majority.

PTI

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