Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, vetoed the draft Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) on Saturday, a deal between Sri Lanka’s government and the U.S. military that would have allowed U.S. troops free access to the island nation’s ports.
“I will not allow the SOFA that seeks to betray the nation. Some foreign forces want to make Sri Lanka one of their bases. I will not allow them to come into the country and challenge our sovereignty,” Sirisena said at a public rally.
Sri Lanka’s pro-Western Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe supports the deal.
Last year, Washington announced it was granting Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security, as China began increasing its foothold on the island. Increased US interest in Sri Lanka comes as Beijing is furthering its investment in ports and other building projects on the island.
8 thoughts on “Sri Lanka’s President Vetoes Military Deal With U.S.”
Good for President Sirisena. Too bad other national leaders don’t display his courage & integrity.
China is building projects, but not sending forces.
The US is just trying to send forces.
China’s projects might develop into problems of a foreign domination, but the US forces would be immediate problems of the same type.
Send forces who demand they NOT be subject to Sri Lankan laws & justice. Japan made that deal and the drunken American troops started raping SCHOOL GIRLS as young as 13, driving drunk and attacking their men in fits of insane rage about nothing. No sane country should even consider any justice that the U.S. brings when the attacker is their military, and the victim is a member of the host country”s public… It’s easy to research what has been going on in ‘Japsn!!!!! Just Google American soldier rapes girl, girls. In Japan.
Good for Sri Lanka. Now if they could just suspend the urge to ethnically cleanse everyone who isn’t a Buddhist….
…then they will be able to continue enjoying the benefits of diversity, such as church bombings.
I’m pretty sure there’s a middle ground in there somewhere.
Won’t the United States just say the prime minister should be president and the president should resign . like we tried to tell Venezuela .
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