Despite political upheaval, US should continue military ties with SL: US Admiral

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Despite the political upheaval in Sri Lanka, it is in America's interests to continue military collaboration and cooperation with Sri Lankan Forces, US Indo-Pacific Command Chief Admiral Philip Davidson has said.

According to PTI, Admiral Davidson told the US Senate's Armed Services Committee, during a Congressional hearing, that Sri Lanka remains a significant strategic opportunity in the Indian Ocean and military-to-military relationship continues to strengthen between the two nations.

“The political turmoil and ethnic tension between the Tamil and Sinhalese populations, however, remain drivers of instability and potential obstacles to continued growth in our partnership. Moreover, Sri Lanka has handed over the deep water port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease due to its mounting debts to China, which has caused international concern,” he said.

He said the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) cooperate with the Sri Lankan military centers on building capacity in maritime security and maritime domain awareness, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as well as humanitarian de-mining, medical assistance, and peacekeeping operations.

He said increasing navy-to-navy engagement with Sri Lanka will be a USINDOPACOM focus in 2019 and that Sri Lankan Navy is a well-trained and professional force with the potential to contribute to multi-lateral maritime interoperability in the Indian Ocean.

“The recent transfer of an excess US Coast Guard cutter to Sri Lanka in August 2018, along with additional platforms from Japan and India, provide the Sri Lankan Navy greater capabilities to contribute to regional maritime domain awareness initiatives,” he said.

He said it is necessary to sustain engagement with Sri Lanka, particularly the navy, and construct a multi-lateral approach to capacity building with like-minded partners to rapidly enhance the Sri Lankan Navy's capabilities.

Meanwhile, he said China is exploiting growing debt burdens to access strategic infrastructure in the region.

“In December 2017, Sri Lanka handed over control of the newly-built Hambantota seaport to Beijing with a 99-year lease because Sri Lanka could no longer afford its debt payments to China,” he added.

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  • james Ingram Wednesday, 13 February 2019 01:55 PM

    Time Servant , Now we have no HR issue ?. Not sure what the western boot lickers will say now ?

    Silly Wednesday, 13 February 2019 03:15 PM

    Western phobia.

    Haramanis Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:12 PM

    Sri Lanka must keep the US at arms length - everything the US touches ends in complete and utter disaster

    sumanadasa Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:45 AM

    Very True. If more evidence needed look what US did to Middle East.

    sunil vijaya Thursday, 14 February 2019 07:11 AM

    intelligence reports point out to an already established secret US base in sri lanka? 'silly; above seem to be the typical colombon conditioned by his western masters! yes we need all phobias - Chinese, indian, American, wahaabi, tiger phobias - these are for our own survival!


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