US Embassy clarifies media reports
References in the press to US Special Forces being stationed in Sri
Lanka are misleading, says the US Embassy in Sri Lanka.
The release points out that the members of the U.S. military present
here, are the ones assigned to work in the US Embassy in Colombo as part
of the bilateral engagement between the United States and Sri Lanka.
It adds:- The Embassy Defence Attaché is the lead representative for
the US Department of Defence and those assigned to that office support
programs and training that enhance cooperation.According to the release
through the US Pacific Command, the Embassy has contributed $9 million
since 2009 toward projects such as renovating and rebuilding hospitals
and schools in communities across Sri Lanka. "The US military has
recently participated in joint programs with Sri Lanka such as the
Pacific Airlift Rally and Joint/Combined Exchange Training for medical
and humanitarian assistance" added the release. The Sri Lankan Army also
denied reports that US Forces personnel were in Sri Lanka.