U.S. envoy calls for unity in Sri Lanka, pledges support

ECONOMYNEXT – U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz called for unity in the wake of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 359 people, including four Americans, and pledged support, with FBI teams helping with the investigation.

“These terrible attacks are the work of a few individuals and not of an entire community,” Ambassador Teplitz said. 

“Sri Lankans of all backgrounds and faiths have come together to condemn these atrocities.  Unity is the most powerful answer to terrorism.”

A U.S. embassy statement quoted Teplitz as saying that President Donald Trump’s offer of assistance was both concrete and significant.

Expert teams from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) are providing support to the Sri Lankan-led investigation into the attacks, at the behest of the Sri Lankan government, the statement said.

These teams are working side-by-side with Sri Lankan law enforcement officials in forensics and crime scene investigations.

“We want to provide all possible support to Sri Lanka’s efforts and are assisting at the invitation of the government,” the Ambassador added.

“Conspiracy theories about the involvement of the U.S. military draw attention away from where it should be focused, which is firmly on the victims and their families.” 

The cooperation is part of the growing partnership between the United States and Sri Lanka, in which security is a key component. 
(COLOMBO, April 25, 2019)
 

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