US closely monitoring situation in Sri Lanka

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The United States says it is closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka.

The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department expressed deep concern over the violence against peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders.

It urged all Sri Lankans to focus on finding and enabling long-term solutions to the country’s economic and political challenges.

The concern comes in light of yesterday’s violent clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters.