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Sri Lanka gives clearance to deferred arrival of Chinese scientific research vessel: reports

2022-08-15 09:24:29       source:Global Times

August 15, 2022

Sri Lanka's foreign ministry announced on Saturday the conveyance of clearance to the deferred arrival of the Chinese "Yuan Wang 5" scientific research vessel at the port of Hambantota between August 16 to 22, according to local media.

"Having considered all material in place," the clearance to the Chinese embassy in Colombo was given for the deferred port call, media reports said, citing a Sri Lankan foreign ministry statement.

The scientific research vessel was initially scheduled to make the port call for replenishment purposes between August 11 to 17. Indian media reported that the initial plan was deferred due to Indian pressure on Sri Lanka, citing so-called "national security concerns."

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