The United States navy is set to return to Sri Lanka in the coming months, as part of this year's Pacific Partnership exercise.
US troops will conduct civic-action projects, community health exchanges, medical symposiums and disaster-response training. The announcement is the latest project to be held between the two militaries, which have seen increasing closer relations.
Throughout 2017, several military co-operative exercises were held, including anti-terrorism training for Sri Lankan troops.
“The mission has evolved over the years from primarily a direct care mission to an operation focused on enhancing partnerships through host nation subject matter expert and civil-military exchanges,” said the US military. “Pacific Partnership also capitalizes on multilateral cooperation and partnerships between government and non-government organizations to increase capabilities in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) and preparedness for natural and man-made disasters.”