SL and US express commitment to expand bilateral defense relations; US Defence Ministry

SL and US express commitment to expand bilateral defense relations; US Defence Ministry

SL and US express commitment to expand bilateral defense relations; US Defence Ministry

Written by Zulfick Farzan

31 Aug, 2020 | 3:28 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Sri Lanka and the United States have expressed their commitment to expanding bilateral defense relations and to advancing shared interests, reported the US Department of Defence.

It added, the Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the phone on Sunday (30).

During the call, Secretary Esper congratulated the President on his successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent conclusion of parliamentary elections and urged continued progress on reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka.

The two leaders discussed their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific that ensures the sovereignty of all nations. Reviewing common bilateral defense priorities, they noted opportunities to enhance military professionalization, counter-terrorism, and maritime security cooperation, said the US Department of Defence.

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