Air-bubble health arrangements in view of Pompeo’s visit

US Secretary of State due in SL later this month

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The application of strict COVID-19 health restrictions under the ‘air- bubble concept’ will be in force when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo undertakes his visit of Sri Lanka later this month, a top government source said yesterday.

The source said the same was applied during bilateral negotiations between the top-level Chinese delegation and the Sri Lankan leaders – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa last week. The delegates wore K 95 face masks, maintained social distancing and occupied a restricted area of their hotel during their short stay in the country.

According to the source, health restrictions under the same air -bubble arrangement would be in place in view of the highest level visit of a delegation from the United States in five years.

Mr. Pompeo will be in the country on October 28. During his visit, he is slated to hold talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardane.

The source also said an advance team would arrive in the country from the United States to lay the groundwork for Mr. Pompeo’s visit, and the members would be required to undergo PCR testing.

The countries have worked out air-bubble arrangements with each other to facilitate international travel amid COVID-19 pandemic. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 16 October 2020 09:51 AM

    Ooops .. now Wimal will have to stock up on lemon puff to prepare for his fast unto death campaign in front of the US embassy

    Mm Friday, 16 October 2020 10:10 AM

    Can’t they do these talks on Video/conference calls ? Saves everyone time and money and hassle.

    ANTON Friday, 16 October 2020 10:12 AM

    WE ALSO HAVE PIPMPIYOS IN SIRILANKA.

    Corona boss Friday, 16 October 2020 10:19 AM

    We ordinary citizens will follow the soap bubble

    rss Friday, 16 October 2020 04:52 PM

    Trump administration's failure to contain COVID has resulted in many Americans got infected and dying. Even many important people died because of this deadly COVID.

    AB Friday, 16 October 2020 05:06 PM

    No handshakes, only Aubowan


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