Colombo, October 28
America’s vision on Sri Lanka is “very different from that of “predator China”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said here on Wednesday as he met the leadership here and reaffirmed US’ commitment to the island nation’s sovereignty and security.
Addressing a joint press conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena after holding bilateral talks with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the top US diplomat said the US and Sri Lanka shared a democratic vision. “Indeed, a strong sovereign Sri Lanka is a positive partner on the world stage. It can be a beacon for a free Indo-Pacific.
“The Chinese Communist Party is a predator. The US comes in a different way, we come as a friend,” Pompeo said in response to a question.
Pompeo, who became Trump administration’s highest ranking official to visit Sri Lanka, said the US and Sri Lanka shared a vision for democracy to build a relationship and the “freedom to hold democratic elections”.
Stressing the need for the freedom of navigation, before leaving for the Maldives, Pompeo said the US businesses were superior to the Chinese companies that were making big moves in Sri Lanka.
“These American companies are the most reliable partners on the planet. They are liable to the law. The US wants to enhance its relationship with a democratic and fully independent Sri Lanka,” he Pompeo.
He said he discussed with Sri Lankan leaders “the (Covid-19) pandemic that came from Wuhan, China”, and security operations. — PTI
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