During his stay here, he is expected to meet government officials and think-tank experts
US Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs, R. Clarke Cooper will travel to Sri Lanka in early June, the Office of the Spokesperson of the State Department said.
A statement from the spokesperson’s office said Mr. Cooper was scheduled to visit Singapore, India and Sri Lanka from May 29 to June 7.
In Sri Lanka, Mr. Cooper will meet government officials and think tank experts to discuss security, peacekeeping, clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance, counter-terrorism, and other areas of mutual interest.
In India, he will hold talks on defence cooperation and peacekeeping, two key areas of the rapidly growing US-India partnership as envisioned in the Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.
In Singapore, Assistant Secretary Cooper will join Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea L. Thompson on a delegation of senior US officials led by Acting Secretary of Defence, Patrick M. Shanahan for the Shangri-La Dialogue, a forum for exchanges among defence and security policy professionals from across the Indo-Pacific region.