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Lanka-US Naval cooperation strengthens

Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe with Vice Admiral (retd.) Michael T. Franken.
Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe with Vice Admiral (retd.) Michael T. Franken.

The third KDU-CNA Track 1.5 Dialogue on Naval cooperation was held on July 24 and 25 at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).

The two-day dialogue was a collaborative initiative between KDU and the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), USA. This year’s Track 1.5 Dialogue focused on how bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the USA could be further improved in a variety of spheres and how the global security concerns are influencing the relations between the two countries.

Track 1.5 diplomacy is an initiative to bring together government and non-governmental actors to discuss on a variety of topics that could improve the bilateral relations of countries. As such, this two-day deliberation witnessed the participation of analysts and academics along with Naval officials from the navies of both participating countries for a discussion.

Held under the Chatham House Rule, this year’s Dialogue included four main sessions, with the 5th and final session being a wrap-up session with the speakers providing forward-looking, implementable suggestions for Sri Lanka and the United States.

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Vice Chancellor Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe said, “The KDU-CNA Track 1.5 Dialogue is a one-of-a-kind discussion that we organise at KDU, facilitating interaction between the navies of Sri Lanka and the United States, along with the participation of relevant academics."

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