US stresses importance of democratic outcome to SL political developments

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The United States have underscored the importance of increasing shared regional interests with Japan, India and Australia to achieve an outcome to political developments in Sri Lanka which is consistent with democratic principles.

The US has also emphasized advancing shared regional interests in supporting the new Maldivian Government.

These sentiments had been conveyed when senior officials from the US, Australia, India, and Japan met in Singapore for consultations on the Indo-Pacific region on Thursday (15).

In a statement, the US Department of State said the officials at the meeting have reaffirmed a shared commitment to maintain and strengthen a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous.

“They further highlighted the complementary visions for the region held by their four countries, grounded in a shared support for a free, open, and inclusive region that fosters universal respect for international law, freedom of navigation and overflight, and sustainable development.

Officials from the four countries focused on their shared goals, including support for sustainable development, connectivity, and good governance.

They reaffirmed their strong support for ASEAN centrality and the ASEAN-led regional architecture, as well as their support for other regional institutions such as the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Pacific Islands Forum. Participants highlighted the importance of coordination and collaboration with all interested countries and institutions to support a diverse, peaceful, and prosperous region.

The four countries looked forward to regular consultations on Indo-Pacific engagement and initiatives,” the statement said.

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  • Capitalist Saturday, 17 November 2018 08:29 PM

    One way to get SL out: Buy My3 because MR is already greased

    Amused Saturday, 17 November 2018 08:35 PM

    Hmmm... the kettle is finding the pot black!!

    Sach Saturday, 17 November 2018 08:52 PM

    Don't these idiots realise that it was actually Ranil's yahapalana that have away the hambanthota port to China? So US instead of ganging up with INGOs against Sri Lanka should cultivate relations with Rajapaksa.

    Keeraipi Sunday, 18 November 2018 04:23 AM

    It was the MR's gift to Hambantota that broke the SL neck.

    Jude Sunday, 18 November 2018 06:18 AM

    Sach, did it ever occurred to you that Americans initiated this by pushing INDIA to take Control of the Region!! Because Indians were losing the grip and China gaining by huge strides!!??

    Hubert Saturday, 17 November 2018 08:54 PM

    Please do not allow these Pariahs to visit US

    Heen Banda Sunday, 18 November 2018 07:23 AM

    You are refering to your masters i guess central bank robbers master minds imported from singapore?

    will Saturday, 17 November 2018 08:57 PM

    Both main political parties haven't majority in parliament.so both trying to get some members,who are ready to sell themselves money, that against the will of their constituents. so its totally against democracy,which is artificial majority,can not accept as will of more, In this situation , Prez rightly decided,to call for general election,which is fixed for 5 th January 2019,so its the best solution and most democratic, when the arrangement are so smoothly continue for reasonable solution few parties trying to fishing in trouble water

    Cham Saturday, 17 November 2018 09:12 PM

    What US and other Western countries don't understand is that they are actually supporting MR. They have few things to learn from China on how to influence politics in other countries.

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 17 November 2018 09:49 PM

    US is not fortunate to have a speaker of our quality; can send if required. Could be taken either way depending on loyalties.

    GH Saturday, 17 November 2018 11:31 PM

    No country should intervene our internal disputes.Moreover, India has no business with Sri Lanka.It is a grave offense that, self-proclaimed PM Ranil who illegally occupied the legally chosen Prime Minister His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa' official residence.

    vithura Saturday, 17 November 2018 11:37 PM

    If only it falls on sane ears, unfortunately it is all deaf and dumb at the helm!

    Tamil Sunday, 18 November 2018 02:25 AM

    Why are you giving so much importance to what the West says, do you think they are sincere or trying to protect their white interests?

    kondaya77 Sunday, 18 November 2018 12:15 AM

    U.S. Practice what you preach!There is no democracy in the U.S. with the wanna be dictator Trump!!

    Jj Sunday, 18 November 2018 04:39 AM

    Wrong Modaya, the US has a strong constitution and a bill of rights. There is a checks and balances and this is why the Orange clown lost the house within in two years of his administration. Also the fact 18 people from his cabinet or associates have been interdicted. That is what SL lacks. Just another Bannna Republic.

    ConcernedCitizen Sunday, 18 November 2018 08:14 AM

    At least US put trump who puts US interests first, our gamarala is all out to destroy us. We, so called literate nation has chosen an idiot to sit on the highest chair.

    OMG Sunday, 18 November 2018 03:25 AM

    US, UK India and all those interfering rogue nations who are always creating trouble to gain their own ends. It is a pity SL has produced willing puppets to dance according to these rogue nations in the form of Ranil/ CBK/ Mongrel etc. Instead of looking inward to examine their own misdeeds this lot is kneeling before Big Brother rogue nations pleading for power again so they can sell the country and live in their fantasy world of fake glory.

    Buddhist Sunday, 18 November 2018 06:24 AM

    Its time US, EU, Canada, Australia and other countries should impose travel ban on each and every MP who behaved badly in the Parliament. USA should take the lead in doing this. These thugs should not be allowed to step in to any other country. If they can behave like that in the Parliament, the supreme place in the country, just imagine how they will behave in another foreign country.

    Dilan Sunday, 18 November 2018 06:52 AM

    Yes. Lets hv a general election in Jan2019.

    rob Sunday, 18 November 2018 08:25 AM

    Yes so that you could push the 20th Amendement..divide the country create an internal war and then sell weapons tp both side like you have done in the middle east.


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