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Joint Opposition didn’t know difference between sale and lease

High Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that Namal and his cohorts in the joint opposition group, who did not know the difference between an outright sale and a lease agreement,

They are trying to create unnecessary disturbances in the country with the ulterior motive of preventing foreign investors from bringing in investments to the country, the minister claimed.

Addressing a press conference held in Kandy, Kiriella said the people conducting protest campaigns today have conveniently forgotten that the former regime offered the Port City to China as an outright sale and it was taken back to Sri Lankan ownership only after the present government assumed office.

He said the Hambantota Magampura Port and the Mattala Airport would be given over to foreign investors under a long term lease agreement since the government had no intention to sell them to foreign countries.

He said certain sections of the media were also surreptitiously assisting the conspiracy hatched by the joint opposition group to wean away foreign investors.

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