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Tuesday, June 05 , 2012 - 04.45 GMT
India, US promise assistance to achieve sustainable peace


Both India and the United States have commended the progress in Sri Lanka's path towards national reconciliation and promised assistance to Sri Lanka to attain sustainable peace.

On the sidelines of the 2012 Shangri-La Dialogue Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof G. L. Peiris and Secretary Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa have met with theUS Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and the Defense Minister of India A. K. Anthony.
During the meeting, Minister Peiris has comprehensively apprised the two defense officials of the government's plans for the national reconciliation which also included the plans for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and the socio-economic development of the conflict affected Northern and Eastern parts of the country.

Both USA and India had commended the "incremental and steady progress being made in these areas and were keen to assist Sri Lanka in all aspects of their multifaceted bilateral partnership for attaining sustainable peace," a Defense Ministry statement said.

The 11th Shangri- La Dialogue held in Singapore from June 1-3, has recognized Sri Lanka's significant location in the Indian Ocean as a coastal nation and the pivotal role its Navy could play in strengthening the security of sea lanes in the Indian Ocean and has resolved to co-operate closely in drawing on their synergies in combating international terrorism.

The Defense Ministry said the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has requested both USA and India, two key strategic partners of Sri Lanka, for enhanced training opportunities for capacity building of Sri Lankan defence personnel in their institutes of repute and both India and US had responded positively to the request.

Prof. Peiris Saturday (02) presented a speech at one of the special sessions on South Asia's Growing Security Threats.

The Minister has explained the significant role played by Sri Lanka in curbing international terrorism by ending a 30 year terrorist conflict and the country's progress in achieving national reconciliation and sustainable economic development at the session.

Minister Peiris has also held bilateral discussions with Minister for Defence of Singapore Dr. NG Eng. Hen and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Dr. Dipu Moni.


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