The Chief Prelates of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters and Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith have said they strongly oppose any deal which invites foreign troops to Sri Lanka.
In a joint statement the Chief Prelates and the Archbishop said they were against any agreement which would allow any foreign military to enter the country or establish a base in Sri Lanka.
The joint statement notes that the focus of the country must be to stop extremist organizations and not enter into any agreement with a foreign country which would harm the country.
Concerns have been raised over discussions Sri Lanka is having with the US on a military deal.
However, the US has insisted that it has no plans to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)