The US yesterday announced that it would offer a second US Coast Guard cutter to the Sri Lankan Navy, pending completion of Congressional notification, as a sign of strong bilateral ties and deepening US engagement in Sri Lanka.
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon announced this on Monday during a news briefing held at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Colombo.
The Secretary Class High Endurance Cutter would allow Sri Lanka to more effectively police its coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone and to protect its sea lines of trade and communication, US said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Shannon said the US was also working with the Sri Lankan government to return US Peace Corps volunteers to Sri Lanka’s English classrooms. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
kakopappa Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:09
US must be feeling the heat related to chinese presense in SEA
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Premalal Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:23
I hope the US will supply the ship with a full tank of fuel.
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BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:34
We don't need war ships, we only need simple things such as fuel in petrol stations, a parliament which is 100% corrupt to be at least 90% corrupt.
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ajith Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:38
Hope the President will abandon the idea of buy Old Russian ship and save $150 mil for the country.
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Walter Alwis Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:57
Old decommissioned junk from usa. They must be running out of space to store them
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Bala Thampo Tuesday, 7 November 2017 18:13
Be careful with "US Peace Corps volunteers " . They have bad records :as Spying agents for CIA
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Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 8 November 2017 11:52
What is there to spy in Sri Lanka? Maybe about corruption?
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Hautaum Tuesday, 7 November 2017 18:23
so, it is detritus, hope its maintenance cost much impact on us.
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samntha Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:04
we dont want US to play with our security
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Lankan Tuesday, 7 November 2017 19:18
Wow, everyone giving boats but need fuel to operate!
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