Military ties with Sri Lanka could be under threat, the US warns

Wednesday August 21, 2019

The US has warned that its military ties with Sri Lanka could be under threat following the appointment of Shavendra Silva as army chief.


In an interview to Reuters today, an unnamed senior official of the US State Department said there would be 'limits to what we can do as we develop a stronger military relationship with Sri Lanka if the army chief is a known human rights violator.'


'There are limits to what foreign investors are willing to take as far as a risk if they see a situation that is leading to greater polarisation,' the US State Department official added.


The warning follows the US and EU embassies expressing concern at Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva's appointment as the commander of the Sri Lankan army.

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