While claiming that local media reports on US Special Forces being stationed in Sri Lanka were misleading, the US said that members of the US military were assigned to work at the US Embassy in Colombo.
The US embassy in Colombo in a statement today said, “Members of the U.S. military are assigned to work in the U.S. Embassy in Colombo as part of the bilateral engagement between the United States and Sri Lanka. The Embassy Defense Attaché is the lead representative for the U.S. Department of Defense and those assigned to that office support programmes and training that enhance cooperation.”
It also said that “through the U.S. Pacific Command, the Embassy had contributed $9 million since 2009 towards projects such as renovating and rebuilding hospitals and schools in communities across Sri Lanka. The U.S. military has recently participated in joint programmes with Sri Lanka such as the Pacific Airlift Rally and Joint/Combined Exchange Training for medical and humanitarian assistance.”
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