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* U.S. and Sri Lankan militaries participate in joint humanitarian exercise
Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 12:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 16, Colombo: Members of the Sri Lankan military recently conducted a joint humanitarian exercise in Trincomalee with the colleagues from the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.

The event also included civilians from the Disaster Management Centre and the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, who conducted a seminar in disaster preparedness and medical response with US military officials from Special Operations Command Pacific.

"The focus of the exercise was humanitarian assistance. The training included advanced trauma medical care and the safe disposal of unexploded ordnance, coping with post-traumatic stress, and preventive health care," the statement said.

According to the U.S. Embassy the joint teams of US and Sri Lankan military personnel and civilian health workers worked with people from 27 rural communities and visited over 700 families in Sri Lanka.

U.S. Defense Attache, Lieutenant Colonel Larry Smith said the joint exercise helped members from the two militaries to exchange best practices on how to address complex humanitarian challenges.

"U.S. and Sri Lanka have a long tradition of cooperation. We hope this partnership can be expanded," he added.

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