The United States has expressed concerns over the deployment of the military in Sri Lanka.
Speaking at a media briefing, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State Ned Price stressed that peaceful protesters should never be subject to violence or intimidation, ‘whether that’s on the part of a military force or civilian unit’.
Moreover, he added that they were deeply concerned by reports of escalating violence in Sri Lanka over the past few days.
“We condemn, as I said before, violence against peaceful protesters. We call for a full investigation, arrests, and prosecution of anyone instigating and involved in acts of violence”, he said in this regard.
Price further assured that the US is closely monitoring the deployment of troops, the political developments and the situation on the ground in Sri Lanka, following the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister.
He urged the government and other political leaders to “work quickly to ensure public safety and work together to identify and implement solutions to achieve long-term economic and political stability in Sri Lanka”, adding that the government should address the citizen’s discontent over the economic crisis.