Sept 11, Colombo: India's sale of two naval warships to Sri Lanka is not based on a new agreement, an Indian minister has said.
Addressing the furor from the Tamil Nadu Tamil political parties over the reports that the Indian government has decided to supply two naval warships to Sri Lanka during 2017-18, the Union Minister for State in the Prime Minister's Office, V. Narayanasamy Tuesday has confirmed the sale.
The Minister however has said the decision to sell the two warships had been made based on an agreement signed few years ago.
"The decision to give two naval warships to Sri Lanka is not based on a new agreement. The ships are being given based on an agreement between India and Lanka signed a couple of years ago," the Minister told Indian media.
He said many Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed the decision to give warships to Sri Lanka and the views of these parties would be conveyed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Express News Service reported.