Top US delegation meets the army

The US delegation included Dr Alyssa Ayres, US Deputy Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asian Affairs, Mr Thomas Melia, US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Ms Leslie Taylor, US Special Assistant, Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, Mr James Bednar, Director, USAID Mission, Dr Paul Carter, Political Counsellor of the U.S. Embassy. The army briefed the US delegation on various development, humanitarian, resettlement and community projects being pursued by the Army. Several senior officers serving the Security Forces Headquarters in Kilinochchi also attended the discussion. A high level delegation from the US State Department visited Kilinochchi and had talks with the army, the army media unit said.The army said that the delegation had talks with the Commander of the Security Forces Headquarters in Kilinochchi, Major General A.W.J.C. de Silva, with a view to receiving an update on various development and security roles of the troops. read more

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Huawei says sales up 23 this year despite US controls

BEIJING — Chinese tech giant Huawei says its global sales rose by double digits in the first half of this year despite being placed on a U.S. security blacklist but said it will face tougher conditions.The company said Tuesday that sales in the six months ending in June rose 23.2% over a year earlier to 401.3 billion yuan ($58.3 billion).That was up from 2018’s full-year growth rate of 19.5%. The company’s chairman, Liang Hua, said sales have suffered “some impact” since the Trump administration imposed curbs in May on sales of U.S. technology to Huawei but he gave no details.Liang said Huawei has avoided disruptions in production and sales but added “we still face difficulties ahead” in the second half of the year.The Associated Press

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