US Congress says Sri Lanka’s internal security important

A US Congress delegation from the House Armed Services Committee, told President Maithripala Sirisena that internal security of Sri Lanka is important for regional security and world peace.

The delegation, which included the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, Henry Cuellar, Vickie Hartzler and Carol Shea-Porter, met President Sirisena in Colombo today.

During the meeting, the President said that Sri Lanka will work with the international community and recalled the assistance given by the US in training the Sri Lankan security forces, the President’s office said

Military training programmes are being conducted between the US 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 are smuggled into the country and for that the cooperation between countries is also of utmost importance

The Congress committee members agreed to provide assistance to prevent drug trafficking in Sri Lanka and added that it is their country’s policy to give necessary assistance in order to build Sri Lanka as a strong and prosperous country.

Secretary to the President Austin Fernando, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and the Ambassador of the United States to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap also attended the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)