America says Ready to work with Sri Lanka to protect Indian Ocean


British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka James Doris says that this country should obtain the assistance of the international community for reconciliation and accountability.

Expressing his views to media after calling on the Chief Prelates in Kandy yesterday the High Commissioner said that he was happy with the programme Sri Lanka was carrying out with regard to Reconciliation and Accountability.The US Department of State issuing a statement has said that they look forward to work with Sri Lanka to strengthen maritime security cooperation efforts in the Indian Ocean Region.

The statement went on to say that they wish to work together in order to counter piracy, provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and ensure free and safe navigation in the region’s vital shipping lanes.

The United States welcomed the commitment by Sri Lanka to further contribute towards UN Peacekeeping Operations.

The United States also plans to continue to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to remove anti-personnel landmines in former conflict areas.

The United States Department of State in its statement further said that it supports Sri Lanka as it undertakes security sector reforms in line with Sri Lanka’s post-conflict requirements.Both nations recognized the need for greater counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation and information sharing as well as capacity building in view of increasing transnational threats.

US and Sri Lanka also looks forward to cooperate to counter money laundering, terrorist financing, and violent extremism.

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