Sri Lanka, India to relaunch ferry service after three decades

The two nations gave no immediate timeframe, but said the service should start shortly.

Sri Lanka, India to relaunch ferry service after three decades

India and Sri Lanka on Friday signed an agreement to restart sea ferry services shut down for nearly 30 years, the latest sign of resurgent economic ties since the end of Sri Lanka's quarter-century civil war.

The two nations gave no immediate timeframe, but said the service should start shortly.

"Sea passenger transportation between India and Sri Lanka is being established...to speedily restore the traditional links between the two countries," a joint statement said.

One service will be between the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and South India's Tuticorin. Another will be between Sri Lanka's northwestern town of Talaimannar and India's Rameshwaram, a service that was stopped in 1982 due to the civil war.

India and China are increasingly competing for lucrative and strategic investments in Sri Lanka since the end the war after both of them provided military assistance, including ammunition, in the final phase of the war.


Reuters

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