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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will present options for Sri Lanka to partner with the US on economic development, Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson said on Thursday.

According to the Hindu, Mr. Thompson said, “In the interest of strengthening our longstanding partnership with Sri Lanka and reinforcing our long-term commitment to the region, we encourage Sri Lanka to review the options we offer for transparent and sustainable economic development in contrast to discriminatory and opaque practices,”

“We urge Sri Lanka to make difficult but necessary decisions to secure its economic independence for long-term prosperity, and we stand ready to partner with Sri Lanka for its economic development and growth,” he said.

Mr. Pompeo is scheduled to meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena during his visit in Sri Lanka.

“He will discuss regional maritime cooperation and democracy, human rights, reconciliation, religious freedom and justice with Sri Lankan leaders,” Mr. Thompson said.

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  • harshass Friday, 23 October 2020 03:29 PM

    Sri lanka should learn to play both China and US and get the maximum out of them without giving them anything.

    Chux Friday, 23 October 2020 03:36 PM

    Yes but Sri Lankan government do not understand the economic psychology

    Nandun C Friday, 23 October 2020 03:43 PM

    MCC in a different name?

    Ranaweera Friday, 23 October 2020 04:07 PM

    Thank you sir, we do not need your weapons. We do not need your throw away dig food. We do not need internal conflicts any more. In short we do not need your aid to buy weapons from you.

    Ranaweera Friday, 23 October 2020 04:09 PM

    You can help Sri Lanka by giving immigration visas to our politicians. They will do a good job for you in USA. They will support Mr Trump.

    K.L Pathirana Friday, 23 October 2020 04:12 PM

    Funny how the US is now trying to preach the economic prosperity ahead of democracy, human rights, reconciliation, religious freedom and independent judiciary.

    Buddhist Friday, 23 October 2020 04:25 PM

    No paga no deal USA!

    Citizen Friday, 23 October 2020 04:30 PM

    No need of special favours please take back to US your citizens GR and BR on your way back....that would be more beneficial to our country.

    Gayan Friday, 23 October 2020 04:31 PM

    No money no honey pal. Not interested in sugarcoat advice.

    Safar Ari Friday, 23 October 2020 04:36 PM

    Sri Lanka be aware for not falling victim to traps and hidden agendas orchestrated by USA. Their true objective is to dominate the world at any cost. They don't give nothing free, just for their 'love' for any country!

    saman Friday, 23 October 2020 04:59 PM

    So much love oozing out!

    ram Friday, 23 October 2020 05:10 PM

    this option is Sri Lanka chose either partner with China or partner with U.S, and not both according to other media

    ram Friday, 23 October 2020 05:12 PM

    this is not a right for Pome to visit Sri Lanka since November 3 election might end up U.S having Biden as new president of U.S

    මාකඳුරෙ ලොක්කා Friday, 23 October 2020 05:22 PM

    American helping an fellow American.. needless to say both these Americans have pledge to the Oath of allegiance to their motherland USA. ජය වෙවා

    Adam Speak Friday, 23 October 2020 05:24 PM

    Sri Lanka being a strategically important country. This is the best chance to be as a mediator and uniter between the East, West

    ravin Friday, 23 October 2020 05:31 PM

    why all of a sudden you all decided to offer carrots to us? We are awear of crocodile tears.

    Tissa Friday, 23 October 2020 10:05 PM

    All our Leaders know how to develop the country, the problem is we people don't know whom to elect to the parliament to lead the country. I can see every time people blame the elected members, but we forgot the most important thing, that is we chose Drug dealers, Commission Mafia, Child

    Milinda Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:01 AM

    Never trust the Americans. Do adopted a non aligned policy and be friends of all countries who respect Srilanka s Sovereignty. Never get involved in international conflicts a be a pawn of the hipocritic nations who always work with selfish personal agendas .


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