Humphrey School alum, Patrick Mendis, invited to give lecture at Kotelawala Defense University.
"Sri Lanka has never been an island," the American diplomat told the audience of over 300 military cadets. "It has always had trade and diplomatic relations that went back to ancient kingdoms in Asia and ruling empires in Europe," Mendis told. Its strategic location in the passageway through the Indian Ocean has become increasing interest to China, India, and the United States throughout navigational and trade history, he added.
Asian American Press
July 15, 2012