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US Secretary of Defence, Dr. Mark T. Esper, phoned President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday and congratulated the President on his successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Department of Defence said.

In a statement, the Department said Secretary Esper also congratulated the President on the recently concluded parliamentary elections and urged continued progress on reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka.

During the call, the two leaders have discussed their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that ensures the sovereignty of all nations.

“Reviewing common bilateral defence priorities, they noted opportunities to enhance military professionalization, counter-terrorism, and maritime security cooperation. Both leaders expressed their commitment to expanding bilateral defence relations and to advancing shared interests,” it said.

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  • Esther Cohen, Europe Monday, 31 August 2020 10:47 AM

    Most people in Europe think very negatively about the USA with their idiot president at the moment. But there is one thing a lot of people here think the USA is right about: being concerned about the fierce expension of Chinese power in the world.

    Jeeves Monday, 31 August 2020 11:09 AM

    And what is Europe's stance on US global interference for decades? Eastern or western- dominance is dominance! So why be selective about it?

    SandunW Monday, 31 August 2020 11:12 AM

    US is only concerned about losing its number one position in the world to China!

    Esther Cohen, Europe Monday, 31 August 2020 12:03 PM

    Yes Sandun, Europe is afraid of that too

    roobarbie Monday, 31 August 2020 01:39 PM

    Be careful Mr President. This guy is buttering you up for currying favours to their MCC plan. Don't let them in, you would lose your country.

    Nihal Monday, 31 August 2020 01:40 PM

    Congrats galore to Gota. He in fact should be a world leader, would have saved million lives.

    RAVI Monday, 31 August 2020 01:53 PM


    J Jayawardana Monday, 31 August 2020 03:36 PM

    Did the president ask about US sanctions on Chinese CCC - the Port City Project?, funded a political party?

    balapitendi Tuesday, 01 September 2020 05:17 AM

    Hey roo arbitrarily, its not the Americans we will lose our country to. It the Chinese, you fool. Look around you in SL.

    mohamed Sulaiman Tuesday, 01 September 2020 05:22 AM

    We have the best leader dont worry he wont sell the country,The best we got for the first time,we will be safe provided we all support the President for the betterment of country.

    sacre blieu Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:45 AM

    This professionalisation is a deceptive step to install a large contingent of US troops as a subterfuge to the highly questionable MCC. Once in, it will be difficult to eradicate them. What with the Maniacal possessed president of the USA.

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