ECONOMYNEXT – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged “strong support” to Sri Lanka to fight terrorism when he met the island’s Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana in Washington Thursday.
“The Secretary reiterated the United States’ condemnation of the attacks that Sri Lanka suffered last month, which also killed five Americans, and strong U.S. support for Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism,” a U.S. Embassy statement said.
It said Foreign Minister Marapana noted appreciation for U.S. support in the aftermath of last month’s Easter Sunday suicide bombings of three churches and hotels which killed over 250 people.
Marapana also “conveyed Sri Lanka’s interest in deepening cooperation to prevent future attacks,” the statement said.
The bombings, which killed five Americans, were claimed by Islamist extremists.
The statement said Pompeo and Marapana both welcomed the approval of a 480-million US dollar Millennium Challenge Corporation compact as an important development that will contribute to prosperity and economic sovereignty in Sri Lanka.
“Secretary Pompeo also welcomed Sri Lanka’s renewed commitments to accountability, justice, and reconciliation,” it said.
(COLOMBO 17 May 2019)