US only sought to amend 1995 agreement with SL - Official

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The United States has sought to amend the 1995 agreement with Sri Lanka on the status of Department of Defence (DoD) military personnel and civilian employees, only to include some additional privileges, such as the mutual recognition of professional licenses, fees for support services rendered, and regulations for hiring foreign and local contractors, a spokesman said yesterday.

A spokesman for the US embassy in Colombo, in response to a query about the proposed military agreement between the two countries, said the US only sought to amend the 1995 agreement and said it would also include how U.S. military personnel and DoD civilians could visit Sri Lanka.

According to the spokesman, the United States and Sri Lanka had built a strong partnership that enhances security for both the people of our countries and for the region.

“These updates will streamline processes that are already in place and will facilitate collaboration with the Sri Lankan military on counter terrorism practices, maritime security and other issues of common concern. These types of agreements are standard practice between global partners and the United States, which has similar agreements with more than one hundred other nations around the world. These agreements facilitate training, exercises and exchanges, as mutually agreed and for the benefit of both countries, by standardizing routine administrative procedures. In no way would it permit the United States to base forces or equipment in Sri Lanka,” he said.

He said Sri Lanka would retain all sovereign rights to approve or deny entry or exit of U.S. personnel, vessels and aircraft into Sri Lanka’s territory and territorial waters or airspace.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 10

  • Dallas Friday, 24 May 2019 08:20 AM

    Baila Kiyanawa

    ANTON Friday, 24 May 2019 08:34 AM

    IN SRILANKA, WE DON'T HAVE VULTURES LIKE ISIS, WE HAVE ONLY TWO SMALL GROUPS OF PARROTS , WE DON'T WANT SUPPORT FROM USA TO CONTROL THEM.

    Shan Friday, 24 May 2019 08:51 AM

    Everyone is trying to make Sri Lanka their 'Darling', and seduce her. Enough is enough.

    Jude Friday, 24 May 2019 09:12 AM

    Americans getting their ??? kicked by China in the encounter wiith Chinese military in South China Sea and East China Sea !!! Americans wants reinforcements closer to this region !!!

    Jude Friday, 24 May 2019 09:13 AM

    DON'T allow Americans to bully us !!!????

    Jude Friday, 24 May 2019 09:18 AM

    American military ships want to stay close to South China Sea and East China Sea !!! They CAN'T ply in that region in too many war ships because that would Antagonize China!!!

    Jude Friday, 24 May 2019 09:21 AM

    All EXPERTS say the World War 3 going start in the South China Sea region !!! Americans are mobilizing troops closer to the region!!!

    cheers Friday, 24 May 2019 09:24 AM

    information leaked out on social media and now US Embassy in Colombo is trying to side track from disaster and being secretive with the UNP Govt

    Jude Friday, 24 May 2019 09:24 AM

    Recently China fired a missile over one of Japanese islands !!! Americans are mobilizing troops in the region of South China Sea !!!

    George Harry Friday, 24 May 2019 11:59 AM

    Yes, people feel this is an extreme trespass, so leave right now. Our triforces are capable


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