Sri Lanka has given the United States great reassurance in the face of increasing Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said his country will always adopt a neutral foreign policy and will not be involved in the ongoing conflict between factional superpowers. The Sri Lankan president’s statement comes after a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Previously, Mike Pompeo met with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and discussed various bilateral issues, including economic issues including transparent trade and investment, Kovid-19 and the shared commitments of the two independent democratic countries. The top US minister, who arrived in Sri Lanka on a two-day visit from India on Tuesday, will meet with top leaders here as the United States seeks to balance China’s growing influence in the region and promote the objective of maintaining an independent and free Indo-Pacific region. Want to
Pompeo meets Rajapaksa for talks
The president’s media cell reported that Pompeo had met with Rajapaksa for talks. The U.S. Embassy in Colombo also tweeted that Pompeo met with the president and discussed a common commitment to democratic freedom, including economic partnerships on the basis of transparent trade and investment, the Kovid-19 economy being put back on track. It should be noted that Pompeo is the highest American minister to visit Sri Lanka during the tenure of US President Donald Trump.
Prior to Pompeo’s visit, the Chinese Embassy alleged that the United States was threatening Sri Lanka. The Chinese Embassy said in a statement on Monday that we are strongly opposed to US intervention in Sino-Sri Lankan relations and using the foreign minister’s visit as an opportunity to exert pressure and ‘intimidate Sri Lanka. The embassy said China and Sri Lanka have sufficient understanding to manage the relationship and there is no need to receive instructions from a third party. About two weeks before Pompeo’s visit, a high-level delegation led by Yang Geichi, a member of the ruling Communist Party of China Politburo, visited Sri Lanka.
America wants to make Sri Lanka in its camp
The US State Department said last week that the purpose of the visit was to underscore the US commitment to partnering with a strong and sovereign Sri Lanka and to further our common goal of a region independent and open Indo-Pacific. The Chinese military is showing its strength in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. He is also involved in regional disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Not only that, China is investing heavily in Hambantota in Sri Lanka and leased it in Sri Lanka for 99 years.