President threatens to block deals with US

President Maithripala Sirisena has threatened to block key agreements under negotiation with the United States.The President said that concerns have been raised in the media over the Government’s negotiations with the US on the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), the Millennium Challenge Corporation Sri Lanka Compact and the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA). The President expressed these views at the “Let’s Stand Together for the Country” Monaragala District Programme held at the Bibile public grounds today.The opposition and most recently some in the business community have raised concerns over the agreements with the US. However the United States has maintained that there is no move to establish a US military base in Sri Lanka.The Government has also rejected claims that the deal with the US will pose a threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. (Colombo Gazette) The President said that no matter what the progress is on the discussions, he will not allow the deals to be signed if they pose a threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. “Some foreign powers are attempting to make Sri Lanka their base. But I will not allow any agreement which poses a threat to our country to be signed,” he said.

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