She reaffirmed the long-standing facet of U.S. foreign policy: that the United States is – and will continue to be – an Indo-Pacific power. “We are also expanding our navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka, with our first-ever naval exercise set for October,” she said. “Already, American companies operate across the region, supplying everything from bottled drinks to airplane parts. In India alone, over 600 American companies have contributed to a 500 percent increase in FDI over the past two years. We are partnering with South Asian countries to develop legal and regulatory regimes that encourage transparent FDI, build resilient energy infrastructure, and connect budding entrepreneurs with the resources they need to develop their ideas. As President Trump and Prime Minister Modi underscored during their June summit, both India and the United States are committed to bolstering regional economic connectivity through transparent infrastructure development and responsible debt financing practices,” she added.She also commended the progress in BIMSTEC and hopes agreements on electricity grid connectivity and transport can be finalized before the next BIMSTEC Summit.“While the region offers unprecedented opportunity, it is also confronting a myriad of security challenges, including terrorism, transnational crime, trafficking-in-persons, and illicit drugs,” she added. “For more than seven decades, we have embraced the responsibilities this distinction requires across this vast expanse, from the shores of East Africa to the western coast of the Americas. This will not change in the decades to come,” she added.Wells said if South and Southeast Asia reduced non-tariff barriers by 50 percent – an ambitious but attainable goal – increased intra-region trade would net $568 billion in increased GDP by 2030. The United States says it hopes to expand the navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka.US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells told delegates at the Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture Indian Ocean Conference 2017 in Colombo today that Sri Lanka and the US will hold the first-ever naval exercise in October. Wells noted that to combat these challenges, the United States has sought to improve intelligence-sharing among regional partners and improve capacity-building in areas like community policing, counter-narcotics, aviation security, and forensics analysis. (Colombo Gazette)
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This opening marks the third Courtyard Resort in Asia Pacific, adding on to the growth story of Marriott International’s largest brand by distribution,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “The resort is a testament to the confidence we have in this stunning destination and our deep commitment to serving the burgeoning market of Cambodia.”The resort’s 233 contemporary guestrooms and suites are thoughtfully designed for good nights and good days, combining stylish comfort with functionality. Modern furniture and amenities, a bathroom with a separate walk-in shower, 43-inch flat screen television as well private balconies with views of the pool, city or gardens, make this a place that inspires creativity and enables our guests to pursue their passions, whether traveling for business or leisure.Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort – UpperdeckThe all-day-dining restaurant Lok Lak invites guests to experience a fusion of modern cuisine and authentic Khmer flavors brought to life by pristine local, seasonal and sustainable products. Lok Lak offers a “market to table” menu carefully crafted using locally sourced and organic produce and can be tailored to any event or dietary need. Upper Deck, a stunning rooftop bar, is surrounded by breathtaking, panoramic views of Angkor Wat on the horizon and brilliant sunsets to the West, while providing a wide range of exotic cocktails and an exquisite small plate menu.Meanwhile, QUAN Spa invites weary travelers into a haven of relaxation, as does the lure of a refreshing dip in the outdoor saltwater pool. The resort also has a fully equipped fitness center, Kids Club, recreation room and retail outlet.Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort is the ideal destination for meetings and events. Always looking ahead, the spaces, amenities and technology faultlessly account for emerging trends and the needs of next-gen travelers. The light, elegant, 410m2 Grand Room and five functional meeting rooms have been designed to host the most inspiring business events, meetings and celebrations.Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort is located in Siem Reap, a bustling cultural haven of markets, artisans and museums. 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