Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells has observed that the first ever US-Sri Lanka naval exercise ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training’ aka ‘CARAT 2017’ will take place in Oct at Trincomalee. The US Seventh Fleet will conduct the exercise.
She was delivering a lecture on ‘Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture’ on the second day of Indian Ocean Conference 2017 at Temple Trees.
She stated that the United States hopes to expand the navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka. We are also expanding our navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka, with our first-ever naval exercise set for October. The United States is – and will continue to be – an Indo-Pacific power. For more than seven decades, we have embraced the responsibilities this distinction requires across this vast expanse, from the shores of East Africa to the western coast of the Americas. This will not change in the decades to come.
She added that while the region offers unprecedented opportunity, it is also confronting a myriad of security challenges, including terrorism, transnational crime, trafficking-in-persons, and illicit drugs. To combat these challenges, the United States has sought to improve intelligence-sharing among regional partners and improve capacity-building in areas like community policing, counter-narcotics, aviation security, and forensics analysis.