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US reiterates readiness to stand with Sri Lanka in difficult times

The United States asserted that it is Sri Lanka’s partner and stands with the island nation as it navigates through this difficult time.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie J. Chung said that the relationship between the US and Sri Lanka is broad and deep.

She also highlighted in her opening remarks that 2023 is the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S, and Sri Lanka, and noted that “the relationship between our two countries is broad and deep, and at its very heart is our shared commitment to People, Progress, and Partnership.”

The Ambassador said that the core elements of the Indo-Pacific Strategy encompass a “shared vision for an Indo-Pacific that is Free and Open, Prosperous, Connected, Resilient, and Secure.”

She emphasized that “we can all agree that working together to build a prosperous Indo-Pacific is more critical now than ever when we consider the economic challenges Sri Lanka is currently facing. So let me be clear: the United States is Sri Lanka’s partner and stands with Sri Lanka as it navigates through this difficult time.”

She expressed these views at an event hosted by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy, to launch a publication entitled “A Shared Vision for the Indo-Pacific: Implications for South Asia”.

It also discusses the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy on its one-year anniversary, including how the Strategy supports regional visions for prosperity, democracy, and security.

The publication includes articles and remarks offering a variety of perspectives on the Strategy from regional analysts and U.S. experts.

Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University Major General Milinda Peiris welcomed participants to the event, noting that “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S.-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations. It is a great pleasure that the U.S. embassy and the KDU could launch this valuable publication on such a memorable juncture.”

In his keynote address, Peter A. Gumataotao, Rear Admiral (Rtd) U.S. Navy, Director of the Daniel K. Inouye, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, said that “What is at stake is our ability to respond to activities that undermine the values and principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Competition is good, but when rules are changed, the process should be transparent and agreed on. [The U.S. and our Allies and Partners should all work collectively as a group of like-minded countries to ensure the preservation of the existing framework that has provided all of us these many decades of peace, prosperity, and opportunities for development.”

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