Sri Lanka today asserted that its foreign policy will remain neutral and non-aligned.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that more American dignitaries are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka following the visit of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.
He said that Sri Lanka will remain neutral, non-aligned and friendly, conscious of the opportunities and responsibilities that come with Sri Lanka’s strategic location.
The Foreign Minister added that Sri Lanka will ensure freedom of navigation in Sri Lankan waters.
The Foreign Minister said this while speaking at a joint media conference with Pompeo at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo today.
“We believe all countries must respect international law, including the UN convention of the law of the sea,” he said.
Gunawardena said that Pompeo’s visit to Sri Lanka has further enhanced the warm and friendly relations between both countries.
The US Secretary of State was in Sri Lanka today on an invitation extended by his Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
Pompeo earlier told Sri Lanka that China is a predator and continues to violate sovereignty on land and at sea.
He said that democracies like the US and Sri Lanka have a shared vision for free and open shipping lanes. (Colombo Gazette)