The US Department of State has expressed deep concern by the deployment of the military and of the reports of escalating violence in Sri Lanka over the past few days.
Spokesperson of the US State Department Ned Price said the peaceful protesters should never be subject to violence or intimidation, whether on the part of a military force or civilian unit.
Price said the US condemns violence against peaceful protesters.
The US called for a full investigation, arrests, and prosecution of anyone instigating and involved in acts of violence.
Ned Price confirmed the US is closely monitoring the deployment of troops, noting it as something of concern to the US.
The Spokesperson said the US is also closely following political developments and the situation on the ground after the resignation of the Prime Minister.
Price added the US urges the government and 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.
He claimed the government must address the people’s discontent over the economic crisis, including power, food, and medicine shortages, as well as the concerns over the political future of the country.