Powell Power

US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sri Lanka should review its submissions for key US government aid and pledged a long-term troop presence to help recovery. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sri Lanka should review its submissions for key US government aid and pledged a long-term troop presence to help recovery. Secretary Powell said he had recommended that the president review submission under the millennium challenge account loan scheme.

“She might review the original contract and might make any changes,” said Colin Powell.

The Secretary of State on his five-hour visit to the country said the US military will be here as long as is needed for relief work.

“I can’t tell you how long they will be here. It depends on the recovery and numbers will vary. But the US will stay with the government as long as the relief work,” he said.

Around 10,000 US troops are thought to be in Sri Lanka including ones based on an aircraft carrier.

Most of these troops are working in the southern parts of the country except for a few who are expected to go to the north to restore capacity at a hospital there.

-LBR Newsdesk: