The Indian High commission in a carefully worded diplomatic response to Minister Gammanpila assertion stated thus
Responding to a media query on joint development of Upper Oil Tank Farms in Trincomalee, the Spokesperson of the Indian High Commission said
“India and Sri Lanka have identified energy partnership as one of the priority dimensions of their cooperation. India is committed to working together with Sri Lanka for the island’s energy security.
In this context, consultation and discussions have been undertaken to promote mutually beneficial cooperation for development and operation of the Upper Oil Tank Farms in Trincomalee. We look forward to continuing our productive engagement with Sri Lanka in this regard”