The President of Sri Lanka requests bilateral agreements with anyone.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said trade agreements in South Asia were too partisan . Wickremesinghe did not name India, but the remarks could stoke outrage in New Delhi .

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday that trade agreements in South Asia were too partisan and that the country needed to broaden its relationships with those who mattered most.Unfortunately, I don't expect there to be any outside trade integration in the South Asian zone.No, there must be a bilateral deal with whoever we want, he said at a conference on reestablishing the Island nations economy, which is reeling from the worst recession.There is too much focus on politics for a regional trade agreement in South Asia to be possible.We should keep that aside.

India has long attempted to steer Sri Lanka away from China, but this week came to a halt, thanks to a proposed visit by a Chinese spy ship to a port in the region, according to Indian government sources.India has made it clear that it will closely monitor any impact on Indias security and economic interests and will take all measures to guard them.If you look at the international debt first, then the official debt, are we getting caught up in the Asia Geopolitics of the island nation, Mr Wickremesinghe said on two days ago, talking about the Chinese-run Sri Lankan port of Hambantota, where Chinas ship was scheduled to dock.This is how we use our strategic position here in Colombo in Hambantota and Trincomalee, according to the Sri Lankan President.On Saturday, the Sri Lankan Navy requested China to postpone the visit to Hambantota by Yuan Wang 5 ship, which can be used for surveillance and tracking intercontinental ballistic missiles and satellites.