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Jan 29, 2008 (LBO) – India's Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) says it is interested in building an airport in southern Sri Lanka and a delegation is visiting the island this week for talks. Sri Lanka has proposed a second international airport in the southern town of Weerawila in the Hambantota district.

CIAL said its delegation which was visiting the island on the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapakse would be in Sri Lanka until February 02.

"The delegation will also visit the proposed airport site at southern Sri Lanka followed by further discussions with the concerned ministers and senior officials of Government of Sri Lanka about the steps required to undertake the project," CIAL managing director S Bharath said in a statement.

CIAL said President Rajapase was "extremely impressed" at the facilities at Cochin airport when he visited Kerala in December 2005 and when presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga visited New Delhi in September 2007 the first discussions had started.

Bharath had then made a presentation to Weeratunga in the presence of Sri Lankan High Commissioner (ambassador) C R Jayasinghe and principal secretary to the Indian prime minister T K A Nair.

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