COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka continues to be in talks with the usa on a standing-of-forces agreement (couch) for journeying U.S. Military personnel, the prime minister stated, brushing off a caution by using the president that it would undermine sovereignty.

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President Maithripala Sirisena and high Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have been at loggerheads considering that remaining 12 months and their political differences have now stretched to security ties with america.

Wickremesinghe informed parliament on Wednesday that the proposed couch become not a military percent but handiest an agreement organising the rights and privileges that U.S. Navy employees would experience in the event that they have been in the usa.

"The couch is a peacetime document, and does now not cope with the guidelines of war, legal guidelines of armed warfare, or laws of the sea. It does no longer authorise particular sports, activities, or missions," he said.

He stated it simplest set up the framework for U.S. Army employees operations, and that while the discussions have been beneath manner he would not assist any agreement that threatens Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.

Sri Lanka sits near one of the world s busiest delivery routes inside the Indian Ocean and over the past several years China has come to be a primary investor, constructing ports and highways.

India, which is simply round the corner, is beginning to push back in opposition to China s growing have an effect on and so are the usa and Japan, specialists say.

Sirisena, but, stated he could no longer sign any army cooperation deals which can be "unsuitable for the u . S . A .".

U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz, seeking to assuage issues over U.S. Involvement within the tiny island, said final week that there were no plans to installation a navy base.

"I assume what we are to be specializing in here in our relationship are those commonplace protection pursuits both of our international locations have," Teplitz said kingdom-owned television channel Rupavahini.

"What we would like to see could be very robust, succesful, sovereign Sri Lanka, nicely capable of protect its beaches and manage its waters, keep the air space open so that every one nations can transit and all and sundry is following the policies and norms for the international order," she said.