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The U.S. Under Secretary Victoria Nuland, in her meeting with Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, is reported to have raised concerns about the upcoming visit of Chinese research vessel Shi Yan 6.

Minister Sabry briefed her that Sri Lanka, as a neutral country, had worked out the Standard Operating Procedure (SPO) to be followed by foreign ships and aircraft in carrying out any activity in Sri Lankan territory.

The minister reportedly told her that Sri Lanka had been even-handed in this approach for all the countries and could not exclude China only from the process as a result.

The minister who is in the United States in view of the UN General Assembly held talks with her.

Earlier, President Ranil Wickremesinghe also said that the SPO had been worked out for foreign vessels.

The Chinese research vessel is expected in Sri Lanka in October to carry out research along with the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA).(Kelum Bandara)


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  • wsw Monday, 25 September 2023 09:01 AM

    USA is concerned about Chinese activity in the Indian Ocean a million miles from US Territory? It's laughable, observing such predictable hypocrisy and interference.

    joshua Monday, 25 September 2023 09:13 AM

    Dear UN Under secretary, Please keep ali sabry's son also in the loop

    Mahila Tuesday, 26 September 2023 02:06 AM

    J, Did you mean, "US under Secretary of State and NOT UN under Secretary"!!!???

    Punchi Monday, 25 September 2023 09:35 AM

    This is gross interference in our internal affairs. The only gross interference we welcoime is free food, free fuel, free medicines, educational material, free money and interfering in ensuring that gobal institutions keewp showering down loans and money on us, By the way someone tell RW - whose UNGA speach was made to a mostly empty chamber- that Japan wants to join AUKUS. foreignpolicy.com has a detailed article on how china uses its commercial and other ships for surveillence

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Monday, 25 September 2023 09:37 AM

    We are a bankrupt country, are under pressure of super powers,China and India, our survival in their hands, non-aligned, neutral countries etc only an illusion in the superpower rivalry.

    DOT Monday, 25 September 2023 11:03 AM

    Search Ships

    Spying not Research Monday, 25 September 2023 12:26 PM

    Sri Lanka must do a secret probe to find out why China choses Sri Lanka to do its so called "Research " on repeated occasions ? Until then the visit of the Chinese Ship should be delayed .

    Sambo Monday, 25 September 2023 01:29 PM

    The people of this should not be surprised one morning when they wake the country will under the rule of China or India.

    SOP Monday, 25 September 2023 01:31 PM

    1) China has never invaded or intended to invade 2) India has invaded and in recent years sent trained and armed men for terrorism 3) US has taken anti Sri Lankan stances in international forums So we can now decide

    Mahila Tuesday, 26 September 2023 02:45 AM

    SOP, " China has NEVER INVADED OR INTENDED TO INVADE."- Fantasy!!!??? Learn your HISTORY! Before the advent of 'Western Colonial Powers' (WCP) to South and SEA, we had been invaded multiple time by Chinese!!!??? Admiral ZHENG HE'S Voyages up to the 15th Century – “Galle Copper Plate Tri-Lingual Inscriptions”!!!??? Invasions by Chinese, ceased only with the arrival of ‘WCP’ in coastal “Maritime Provinces” of SL, when they couldn’t MILITARILY CONFRONT WCP’s ‘FIRE POWER’!? DEFINITELY NOT BECAUSE OF ANY "OTHER REASON" – Humanitarian or Empathy!!!???

    chetan Tuesday, 26 September 2023 09:58 AM

    Congress government in India helped Tamil fighters who later became terrorists. But BJP government has no intentions of interfering in internal matters of our good neighbors like Sri Lanka and Nepal.

    Punchi Monday, 25 September 2023 02:19 PM

    @SOP, China has invaded by stealth and economic manipulation and is occupying Hambantota for 99 years. The British returned the new territories HongKong after the 99 year lease expired. We will find it impossible to recover our port after the 99 year lease expires

    ChildOfGod Monday, 25 September 2023 02:53 PM

    DOT, do you honestly believe that even if the ships are searched our officials who go in to conduct the search will be able to identify any spying equipment??. Spying equipment in this day and age are not usually placed that is usually in view of the human eye at a glance. What experience have our people got in identifying spying equipment, when and where has the country ever had to work with spying equipment of this day and age in any of the Sri Lankan vessels.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 26 September 2023 09:16 AM

    The yakkos here cannot decide who the killers of Lasantha, Ekneligoda, Thajudeen and many others but are experts in Spying Equipment.

    Kandy Monday, 25 September 2023 04:10 PM

    Possible fooling of Govt.

    Quolp Monday, 25 September 2023 11:23 PM

    The US Conspirators must mind their own business without intervening in the affairs of the sovereign state of Sri Lanka.

    Bandu Tuesday, 26 September 2023 05:54 AM

    What is USA problem? It a declining power

    Mahila Tuesday, 26 September 2023 01:10 PM

    Yet it is more powerful than China and the "crumbling" Russian State trying to embrace North Korea for HELP to boost Armaments to fight the neibhour they invaded!!??

    melville perera Tuesday, 26 September 2023 01:24 PM

    It is a known fact that wars are a struggle by major powers fattening themselves with the blood of victims under guise of DEMOCRACY and manipulated treaties, Uncle Sam has exhausted his ambition of conquering countries and lost his clout as a global cop Now he is trying to conquer the oceans under cover of AUKUS and Sri Lanka is turning out to be a vital HUB in the Indian Ocean the way the said powers are now showing interest in Sri Lanka

    Kathir Tuesday, 26 September 2023 01:57 PM

    Now IS is an empty power


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