US Assistant Secretary Cooper to visit Sri Lanka


US Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs, R. Clarke Cooper would travel to Sri Lanka in early June, the Office of the Spokesperson of the State Department said.

A statement of the spokesperson’s office said Mr. Cooper was scheduled to visit Singapore, India and Sri Lanka from May 29-June 7.

In Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Cooper will meet with government officials and think tank experts to discuss security, peacekeeping, clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance, counter-terrorism, and other areas of mutual interest.

In India, he will hold talks on defence cooperation and peacekeeping, two key areas of the rapidly growing U.S.-India partnership as envisioned in the Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy.

In Singapore, Assistant Secretary Cooper will join Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson on a delegation of senior U.S. officials led by Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick M. Shanahan for the Shangri-La Dialogue, a forum for exchanges among defense and security policy professionals from across the Indo-Pacific region.