US, Sri Lanka discuss reconciliation, fight against terror

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The United States and Sri Lanka had wide ranging discussions in Washington during which the US extended strong support to Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism.

US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday (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.

Foreign Minister Marapana noted appreciation for U.S. support in the aftermath of the bombings and conveyed Sri Lanka’s interest in deepening cooperation to prevent future attacks.

Both welcomed the approval of a $480-million 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.

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