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* U.S. FY 2021 budget requests $ 39.2 million to support Sri Lanka’s economic development
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 09:49 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 11, Washington, DC: The United States Department of State’s FY 2021 budget requests a total of US$ 39.2 million under the Economic Support and Development Fund to support Sri Lankan government’s development programs.

The FY 2021 Budget requests US$ 8 million for Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) program. Under the CWD program, the assistance will support efforts to safely and efficiently identify, remove, and neutralize remaining landmines and unexploded ordnance in contaminated areas in north and east Sri Lanka.

In addition, the proposed FY 2021 Budget requests $ 900,000 for Sri Lanka under the International Military Education and Training program.

President Donald Trump Monday released his Budget Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which includes $41 billion for the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) enabling both agencies to protect U.S. citizens, increase American prosperity, and advance the development of democratic societies.

“With these investments, our team will focus diplomatic and foreign assistance resources to address challenges such as terrorism, international health and humanitarian disasters, and competition from nations that do not share our values of freedom and democracy,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement Monday.

With the resources in the Budget Request, USAID will implement the Administration's Indo-Pacific Strategy to promote a free, open, and secure Asia USAID Administrator Mark Green said.


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