U.S. Congress delegation from House Armed Services Committee meets
[June 01 2018]
Congress delegation from House
Armed Services Committee met
President Maithripala Sirisena
at the President's Official
Residence, today (30).
The delegation comprised of Chairman of the House
Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, Henry Cuellar, Vickie Hartzler
and Carol Shea-Porter.
During this meeting, the President said that Sri Lanka
is a country, which will work with cooperative and friendly manner with
the international community. He recalled the assistance given by the U.S
in training Sri Lankan forces.
Military training programmes are being conducted
between the U.S. and Sri Lanka routinely, the President said, pointing
out the necessity of using more technological knowledge to further
promote these programmes, and emphasized that there is no defence
without the technology in the modern world.
President Sirisena said that the cooperation of the
United States Security forces is important to control the ways that
drugs smuggled into the country and for that the cooperation between
countries are also of utmost importance The Congress committee members
who agreed to provide assistance to prevent drug trafficking in Sri
Lanka mentioned that it is their country's policy to give necessary
assistance in order to build Sri Lanka as a strong and prosperous
The delegates stated that the internal security of Sri
Lanka is important for the regional security and the world peace, and
mentioned that the expectation of their Sri Lankan tour is to find out
the actions required to strengthen the security and cooperation between
both countries and the armed forces.
Austin Fernando, Secretary to the President, Prasad
Kariyawasam, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Atul Keshap,
Ambassador of the United States to Sri Lanka, and other official joined