6
Friday
December 2019
7:32 PM IST
News Headlines
Mumbai, Kerala play out 1-1 draw in Hero ISL        Have some thoughts for T20 World Cup, will discuss with Kohli and Shastri: Ganguly        RBI keep repo rate unchanged        Saudi Aramco raises USD 25.6 bn in largest-ever IPO        Iran informs UN about determination to continue Ballistic Missile Program        Next Hearings in Trump Impeachment Process Scheduled on Monday - House Judiciary Committee        Burundi: 38 killed in landslide in Cibitoke        Naidu condemns attack on Unnao rape survivor        1984 riots: Javadekar slams Manmohan Singh, says if Rao was so bad, why did you become FM under him?        The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 returned to Lok Sabha        Govt clueless on how to tackle economic slowdown, FM statement on onion shows their mindset: Chidambaram        Rajya Sabha passes bill to amend SPG Act, Shah rejects charge of political vendetta, Cong stages walkout        Kerala shocked by plight of poor mother, six children        Rupee ends steady ahead of RBI policy outcome        HC asks Ker govt to take control of Church        Not difficult working with Sena compared to BJP: Pawar        India conducts fresh night trial of Prithvi-2 missile        Three directors of PMC Bank arrested        Quinta Brunson to star in HBO Max's single-camera comedy        David Kerr to helm 'Joy To The World'        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US
 
Colombo, Jul 6 (AFP) Sri Lanka's President Saturday announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island's ports.

Maithripala Sirisena said he was opposed to the draft Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that the two countries are negotiating to further strengthen their military ties.

Sirisena is at loggerheads with his pro-Western Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

"I will not allow any agreement that undermines our independence and sovereignty," Sirisena told a public rally in the island's south. "Several agreements currently being discussed are detrimental to our country."

"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."

The SOFA seeks to ensure reciprocal access to port facilities and allow freer entry to military personnel and their contractors.

Sirisena said there will be no bilateral agreements "against Sri Lanka's national interest" as long as he was in office. His term ends in January.

He did not name the powers he accused of trying to gain a military foothold in his Indian Ocean island republic of 21 million people.

However, it was a thinly veiled reference to the US which is keen on strengthening their existing military cooperation.

A year ago, Washington announced it was granting 39 million to boost maritime security in Sri Lanka as China developed its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island.

Increased US interest in Sri Lanka comes as China is upping investment in ports and other building projects on the island, which is a key link in Beijing's ambitious "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative.

The US had stopped arms sales to Sri Lanka during the height of the island's Tamil separatist war that ended in 2009.

The global power has also been highly critical of the human rights record of the former government of strongman president, Mahinda Rajapakse.

Several senior military commanders from the Rajapakse regime have been denied visas to visit the US.

China has vowed to keep providing financial help, including loans, to Sri Lanka despite warnings about the island nation's mounting debt.

Sri Lanka in 2017 granted a 99-year lease on a strategic port to Beijing because of it could not repay Chinese loans for the USD 1.4 billion project.

The port in Hambantota straddles the world's busiest east-west shipping route and also gives a strategic foothold to China in a region long dominated by India.


Iran informs UN about determination to continue Ballistic Missile Program
Next Hearings in Trump Impeachment Process Scheduled on Monday - House Judiciary Committee
Burundi: 38 killed in landslide in Cibitoke
Putin signs off law to label journalists as foreign agents
US urges Iraq to probe 'abhorrent' killings of protesters
Trump campaign bars Bloomberg News, alleging 'bias'
UN chief urges countries not to surrender on climate fight
Hundreds rally in Myanmar to show support for Suu Kyi
Nearly 200 countries attend ambitious climate talks
Iraq parliament approves PM resignation, protesters mourn dead
At least 11 people Injured in shooting in New Orleans - Police
Suriname president sentenced to 20 yrs imprisonment
Leonardo DiCaprio paid to torch Amazon, claims Brazil President Bolsonaro
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Iraq PM says will resign after bloody protests
London Bridge attack declared terrorist incident, suspect with hoax bomb vest shot dead by police
China summons US envoy, asks Washington not to implement Hong Kong bill
Pak SC grants 6-month conditional extension to Army chief Gen Bajwa
Former Maldives leader jailed for money laundering
Israeli aircraft hit Hamas site after rocket fire from Gaza
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Quinta Brunson to star in HBO Max's single-camera comedy
 Los Angeles: Actor-comedienne Qunita Brunson is set to play the lead role in a untitled single-camer  
David Kerr to helm 'Joy To The World'
Questlove to make directorial debut with 'Black Woodstock'
Taapsee Pannu to feature in Mithali Raj biopic
KERALA NEWS
Kerala shocked by plight of poor mother, six children
 Thiruvananthapuram: This hapless mother was unable to find food to fill the little stomach of her ch
Kerala: Youth hurled down by Policeman during vehicle checking, seriously injured
Kerala High Court takes suo moto case against lawyers protested against magistrate
School girl killed of snakebite: Separate demonstrations by YC, SFI turns violent, police resorts to lathicharge
NATIONAL NEWS
Naidu condemns attack on Unnao rape survivor
 New Delhi: Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu condemned the incident in which a
1984 riots: Javadekar slams Manmohan Singh, says if Rao was so bad, why did you become FM under him?
The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 returned to Lok Sabha
India conducts fresh night trial of Prithvi-2 missile
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2019 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.