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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 - 13:09
Sri Lanka provides explanation to the US and India.
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On the margins of the Shangri-La Dialogue, Sri Lanka's delegation to the meetings led by the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G L Peiris and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with General Martin Dempsey US - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and A K Anthony the Defence Minister of India.

Prof. G L Peiris gave an in depth account of implementing a locally chartered course of action for national reconciliation which also included elements of rehabilitation, reconstruction and the socio-economic development of the conflict affected Northern and Eastern parts of the country.

As two key strategic partners of Sri Lanka, both the USA and India responded positively to a request made by Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for enhanced training opportunities for capacity building of defence personnel in their institutes of repute.

As a coastal nation, the meetings recognized the pivotal role that the Sri Lanka Navy could play in strengthening the security of sea lanes in the Indian Ocean and resolved to co-operate closely in drawing on their synergies in combating international terrorism.

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