Aug 04, Washington, DC: The United States has announced its intent to provide nearly $300 million in security assistance to improve relationships with countries in the Indo-Pacific Region including Sri Lanka.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at the ASEAN Regional Forum on August 4 that the U.S. intents to provide nearly $300 million to cover projects in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Pacific Islands, the Philippines, Vietnam & others.
This assistances includes $290.5 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to strengthen maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR), and peacekeeping capabilities, and $8.5 million in International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INCLE) funds to counter transnational crime.
Strengthening maritime security in the Bay of Bengal, which is rich in natural resources and home to vital sea lanes linking the Indian Ocean region to East Asia, the United States, which currently shares commercial shipping information with India, will work with other partners in the region, including Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to enhance the capacity of civilian and military maritime actors in the Indian Ocean Region to improve the target areas of detection, information-sharing, and response to emerging threats.
The U.S. will also support regional efforts in South and Southeast Asia to counter transnational crime by strengthening border security to counter illicit trafficking of people, narcotics and goods; expanding security sector and law enforcement cooperation with emerging democracies; promoting safe and efficient commerce; and strengthening the rule of law to counter corruption.