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The U.S. Department of State announced today that it would provide approximately $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval.  

 “We look forward to discussing with the Government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka’s humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities”, it said in a statement.

“The Secretary traveled to Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia last week for bilateral and multilateral meetings to advance the security of the United States and the region, and to underscore our support for a rules-based order, reaffirm our commitment to friends and allies, and demonstrate the robust engagement in the Indo-Pacific.  In Singapore the Secretary outlined the security pillar of the administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy and announced nearly $300 million in additional funding intended for South and Southeast Asia.  We’ve gotten a lot of questions about this, so I just wanted to highlight some of what is involved in that program.  There’s been a lot of interest in this,” U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

The funding represents a significant investment in our security relationships with Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Pacific islands, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and others.  The investment focuses on four key areas that are critical to ensuring a free, open, and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.  This includes maritime security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response, also peacekeeping capabilities and countering transnational crime.  As part of the maritime security theme, we launched the Bay of Bengal Initiative to help enhance the capacity of civilian and military maritime actors in this vital region, which is home to important sea lanes linking the Indian Ocean to East Asia,” Ms Nauert said.

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  • KENNEDY Monday, 13 August 2018 12:24 PM

    YES WEST ALWAYS LIKE OUR ISLAND IS IN TROUBLED WATERS EVERY DAY OUR WORLD CLASS PROFESSIONAL BRAVE ARMED FORCES SHOWN ENTIRE WORLD THAT THEY DEFEAT MOST RUTHLESS TERRORIST GROUP THEY NEVER ALLOW OUR COUNTRY TO PROSPER WE NEED A REAL FEARLESS INDEPENDENT LEADER IMMEDIATELY

    Dawalheena Monday, 13 August 2018 12:25 PM

    Is that a grant or we have to pay back with interest?

    Deva Monday, 13 August 2018 10:26 PM

    What an arrogant statement by the Americans as if all these Asian countries came into existence yesterday.Our Armed forces are much superior in ground fighting than the Americans who are struggling to control the uneducated Afghanistan fighters for the last 16 years.Americans are superior only in technology even here how many Sri Lankan Scientists and Mathematicians are working in America.

    Goonbag Tuesday, 14 August 2018 04:10 AM

    Most likely means will see the military getting us made weapons

    goonbag Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:26 AM

    This will probably allow Sri Lanka to buy some American made weapons now.

    Waco Tuesday, 14 August 2018 11:30 AM

    Sri Lanka should be the super power in Indian Ocean.


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