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US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asian affairs, Robert Blake met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning and examined ways and means of further strengthening bilateral relations, the President’s office said.

Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris, Secretary to the President, Lalith Weerathunga and Treasury Secretary Dr P B Jayasundara also took part in the discussions.

The two sides examined ways and means of further strengthening bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the United States and identified several areas for the expansion of bilateral cooperation. The US Assistant Secretary offered to increase training facilities for Sri Lankan officials and others in the United States, the President’s office added.

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  • malkanthi Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:35 AM

    That's all??? Thought some heavy stuff would be discussed!! Anyway Mr Blake knows the do's and dont's, after all he was subject to many accusations.

    Tharaka Chanaka Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:47 AM

    good friends, better enemies...

    Roshan Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:56 AM

    May be he wanted a base to attack Taliban from SriLanka.

    gunda Wednesday, 21 July 2010 06:56 AM

    The artificial smiles tell it all

    Brumin Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:11 AM

    Broader the smile deeper the wounds inside. Be cautious MR

    MaPer Thursday, 22 July 2010 04:06 AM

    The US is a very humane nation - it will never engage in relatiatory politics and pull out aid to Sri Lanka - in spite of all the criticisms and mayhem levelled at them.

    Cynic Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:09 AM

    Where is the Lemon Puff man?

    kassa Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:11 AM

    Beware of Blake & the Clan.

    Kumar Wijayasekara Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:39 AM

    Mr. President, hope atleast you now use diplomacy to win these people without playing to gallery.

    RajasH Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:47 AM

    every time the guy come here they find "several areas for bilateral cooperation" and also find "means and ways of further strengthing the bilateral relations"

    It is really great to keep finding new areas and new ways.
    When will they run out of options or will they keep on finding .....

    RajasH Wednesday, 21 July 2010 09:02 AM

    I must say the statement does not have the word "new" in it.
    so may be its just to confirm business as usual

    Ravana Wednesday, 21 July 2010 09:11 AM

    Blake in a suit and Mahinda in a bush shirt....don't miss the significance !

    Must have been FORCED to meet him.

    R.Dias Wednesday, 21 July 2010 09:21 AM

    This certainly is not an Official meeting. Who knows the location ?

    PABA AND ROSY Wednesday, 21 July 2010 09:31 AM

    MR is a very strong Leader. Look at his his movement. Just see the dress he is wearing to welcome Blake. Lots of Home work. Well done MR.

    RajasH Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:02 AM

    never seen MR in a suit at functions in Sri Lanka, so take it with a pinch of salt

    Bashir Thursday, 22 July 2010 07:26 PM

    Ties, what ties?

    punchi banda Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:17 PM

    Blake must be a hora shot of Bush Sr. dad... they look alike.. hick hick

    gunda Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:19 PM

    And her look confirms it

    Powerless Wednesday, 21 July 2010 12:40 PM

    A military base in Trinco will be the best way to strengthen the bilateral relationship. It is beneficial to both USA and Sri Lanka. It may not be good for others, so be it.


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