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US and Sri Lanka to renew defence deal

The United States and Sri Lanka are to renew a defence agreement which was signed in 2007, according to reports in the Sri Lankan press.

The Sunday Leader and Colombo Gazette report that Sri Lanka’s cabinet was informed of the decision to renewal a defence deal by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who was acting in his capacity as Minister of Defence.

The agreement, signed in March 2007, allowed for an exchange of supply and services and the training of staff and humanitarian aids in disaster situations for a period of 10 years.

A date has not yet been set for the renewal.