SL seeks to diversify exports to U.S.

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The government has sought to diversify its exports to the United States, informed sources said. 

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardane is reported to have discussed the matter with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their telephone conversation on Monday evening.

The U.S. is the top export destination for Sri Lanka. The total exports totaled US$ 3,139 million last year. Informed sources said that a bulk of it was from the apparel sector.

The U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus commented after the telephone conversation and said , “Secretary of State Michael R.Pompeo spoke today (Monday) with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to reaffirm our partnership with the people of Sri Lanka and our commitment to supporting the country’s development and sovereignty. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Gunawardena discussed our mutual interest in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and shared commitment to economic stability and sustainable growth.

The two leaders also discussed the United States’ ongoing COVID-19 assistance to Sri Lanka, which totals almost $6 million to date, and reviewed the longstanding U.S.-Sri Lankan cooperation on health and humanitarian issues. Additionally, the Secretary and the Foreign Minister talked about our shared democratic traditions, respect for human rights, and the importance of transparency for the long-term stability and prosperity of our people.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • Lion Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:19 AM

    You will ask all the assistants under the sun from USA and lambast them at every election meeting. Such an ungrateful people

    Sokrates Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:50 AM

    In the diplomatic language, the last sentence means: If Sri Lanka continues to maintain a dictatorial military regime and does not return to democracy, trade relations with Sri Lanka will be terminated.

    Andrew Silva Thursday, 02 July 2020 09:28 AM

    This is an excellent idea Dinesh to have cordial interactions with a country like the USA. We will excel in our import and export lines and our country will benefit emensly.

    greenlight Thursday, 02 July 2020 10:48 AM

    So this will be a lead to stregthen our relationship with USA .Then MCC?

    N V Jen Thursday, 02 July 2020 12:13 PM

    Anti US rhetoric's openly especially during election times twisting the facts, but overt

    Nimal Thursday, 02 July 2020 12:32 PM

    Soon Dinesh will declare Trump is a deshapremi.

    Kapila Senaratne Thursday, 02 July 2020 04:04 PM

    This is just a camouflage to sign and finish the MCC


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