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Sajith promises meritocratic governance at AmCham forum

Presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa called for a rational, meritocratic approach to governance, addressing an AmCham-organised forum last week.


Thalatha denies approving American Bar Association presence in SL

Minister of Justice & Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale today (10 July) denied reports that she had approved the establishment of a branch of the American Bar Association in Sri Lanka.


State Defence Minister will make statement on SOFA/ACSA – Ranjith

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene will make a statement clarifying the Government's position on the controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) to be entered into with the United States government, Public Administration Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said.


Ceylon Chamber seeks transparency on SOFA/MCC

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) today called for an “enhanced level of transparency” on the controversial Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement that Sri Lanka is poised to sign with the United States.


Govt wasn’t first to sign ACSA, yet to sign SOFA – Hector

Certain parties are trying to disrupt the Government's development drive by creating an "American phobia" among the general public for petty political gain, United National Party (UNP) MP Hector Appuhamy said.


US sanctions on Russia firms hurting Sri Lanka; against SOFA for American forces: President

US sanctions barring deals with firms in Russia are affecting long-standing commercial and military transactions President Maithripala Sirisena said, declaring his opposition to deals allowing visits by American forces to the island.


US downgrades travel advisory

The United States yesterday downgraded its travel advisory on Sri Lanka, imposed in the wake of the Easter attacks, from Level 3 to Level 2, advising American citizens travelling to Sri Lanka to exercise "extreme caution".


US State Secretary Mike Pompeo cancels SL visit

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has cancelled his much-publicised visit to Sri Lanka, according to the US Embassy in Sri Lanka.


Easter plotters at large, may be planning more attacks – US Ambassador

The US Government believes members of the militant group that carried out the Easter Sunday bombings may still be at large, planning further attacks, US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said today, reported Reuters.