Number of Sri Lankan Students in United States Continues to Grow

The number of Sri Lankan students in the United States continues to grow, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.  Currently, 3,309 Sri Lankans are enrolled in higher education institutions in the United States, which remains the top host of international students globally. The number of Sri Lankans enrolled in graduate ...
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U.S. Ambassador Teplitz Presents Credentials to President Sirisena

COLOMBO, November 1:  Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz officially began her tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka today after presenting her credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena.  The ceremony was held at the President’s official residence.  Ambassador Teplitz was accompanied by her husband, Robert Saul. “I am honored to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to ...
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Recent Developments in Sri Lanka

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 28, 2018 The United States continues to follow developments in Sri Lanka with concern. We urge all sides to refrain from intimidation and violence. We call on the President, in consultation with the Speaker, to immediately reconvene parliament and allow the democratically elected representatives of the ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Cultural Heritage Preservation Project in Jaffna

JAFFNA, October 5:  Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton today inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artifacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna.  The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and totals more than 23 million Sri Lankan rupees ($140,000). The project will ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Hilton’s Remarks at Inauguration of AFCP Grant at the University of Jaffna

[As prepared] October 5, 2018 It is a great pleasure to be here today and to have the opportunity to inaugurate this program, funded through the U.S. Department of State’s “Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.”  The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation is one of the most important, exciting and successful programs that we run through ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Travels to Maldives and Sri Lanka

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 7, 2018 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will travel to Malé, Maldives and Colombo, Sri Lanka from October 9-11. Ambassador Wells will reiterate the strong U.S. commitment to our partnerships with Sri Lanka and Maldives and ...
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Vice President of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation Visits Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, October 5:  Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) David Bohigian and other U.S. government officials visited Sri Lanka from October 3 to 5.  The trip promoted U.S. investment in the region and strengthened cooperation with regional allies to drive economic growth and stability.  The delegation met with Minister of Finance ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Official Visits Sri Lanka to Continue Progress on Compact

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, September 20, 2018 – A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash, visited Sri Lanka this week to continue progress on the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale five-year grant program.  MCC is developing the compact in partnership with the Government of Sri ...
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Chargé d’affaires ad interim Robert B. Hilton’s remarks for EvalColombo2018

EvalColombo2018, Global Parliamentarians’ Forum for Evaluation Colombo September 17, 2018 Good evening, Honorable Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe; Professor Maitree Wickremasinghe; Minister Kabir Hashim; Deputy Speaker of Parliament; Parliamentarians; honorable members of governments; distinguished guests; and ladies and gentlemen. It is an honor to share this evening with you.  EvalColombo2018, “Responsible Parliaments – Embracing Evaluation for ...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with Matara Chamber of Industry and Commerce to Launch American Corner

September 4, 2018:  The U.S. Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding on August 30 with the Matara Chamber of Industry and Commerce to open a new American Corner in Matara.  Ms. Nancy VanHorn, the U.S. Embassy’s acting Public Affairs Officer, and Mr. Metta Widanagamachchi, Chairman of the Chamber, signed the Memorandum. Located on the ground ...
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USS Anchorage Conducts Exercise at Sea with Sri Lankan Navy

INDIAN OCEAN, August 30:  The USS Anchorage joined the Sri Lankan naval ship Suranimila to conduct an exercise at sea on August 28.  The exercise allowed the ships to improve each crews’ knowledge and strengthen a wide variety of seamanship skills critical to operating throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific region. During the exercise, multiple ...
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USS Anchorage & 13th MEU Arrive in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, August 24: Amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, for a scheduled port visit Aug. 24. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to explore the local area and meet with their counterparts during exercises with the Sri Lankan ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Robert Hilton – Signing of the MoU Between the Ministry of Education and the Peace Corps

Colombo, August 9, 2018 Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, State Minister V.S. Radhakrishnan, Professor Nayani Melagoda, Peace Corps Country Director Kris Besch, and other distinguished guests, good morning.  I am delighted to be here for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education and the Peace Corps.  Indeed, the Peace Corps ethos ...
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Peace Corps and Ministry of Education Sign Agreement Marking the Return of Peace Corps to Sri Lanka

Colombo, August 13:  On August 9, 2018, Sri Lankan Secretary to the Ministry of Education Sunil Hettiarachchi and Peace Corps/Sri Lanka Country Director Kris Besch signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to formalize support for English education by bringing U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers back to Sri Lanka.  Peace Corps volunteers were present in Sri Lanka from ...
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Indo-Pacific Funding Announcement

COLOMBO, August 13:  The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce it will provide approximately $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval. We look forward to discussing with the Government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka’s humanitarian assistance and ...
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“Pacific Angel 2018” Kicks Off in Sri Lanka

August 1, Colombo – The United States and Sri Lanka will conduct humanitarian assistance engagements with multinational partners in and around Anuradhapura from August 6 to 20 as part of Pacific Angel 2018 (PACANGEL). PACANGEL is an annual joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief engagement that includes general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and engineering programs, ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Thank you, and good morning. Thank you for the kind introduction, Selina. Good morning, everyone. So as Selina’s kind words suggest, I’ve had a varied career, covering many sectors and many shores. What hasn’t changed along the way is my admiration for our Chamber and ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Hilton’s Remarks – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2018 Thanks very much.  Thank you for the opportunity to say a few remarks and to join you on this, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.  Special thanks to Simrin Singh and to the team at the ILO for organizing this event. Let me also acknowledge the Ministry of Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure, ...
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Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as well. ...
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USAID Partners with Community Organizations and Government to Support Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

On June 29, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded approximately 1.6 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($10,000,000) in grant assistance to Global Communities to engage local communities in reconciliation activities. This three-year initiative will partner with the Government of Sri Lanka and local civil society to address underlying challenges to reconciliation.  The project ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches “Small & Mighty” Grant Competition in Cooperation with Sarvodaya

July 20, 2018:  The U. S. Embassy has launched the Small & Mighty grants competition, which is administered in cooperation with Sarvodaya.  The U.S. Embassy created the Small & Mighty program to provide funding opportunities to smaller organizations and individuals that may not have the infrastructure to compete in the U.S. Embassy’s formal Notice of ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Official Visits Sri Lanka to Continue Progress on Compact Development

COLOMBO, June 13, 2018 – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Managing Director for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America Caroline Nguyen visited Sri Lanka from June 11 to 13 to advance the development of the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale five-year grant program.  The U.S. government is developing this compact in partnership ...
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Soft Power, Hard Power and Public Diplomacy: Deputy Chief of Mission Robert B. Hilton’s Remarks at BIDTI

Thank you Pamela and congratulations to all of the cadets here on joining Sri Lanka’s Foreign Service.  I started my own diplomatic career 30 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it, from my first assignment in Tunis to this posting as Deputy Chief of Mission in Colombo.  I wish you every success representing ...
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U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

Colombo, May 31, 2018: A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives visited Colombo from May 29 to 30 led by Congressman Mac Thornberry (Republican – Texas), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.  The visit highlighted the broad bipartisan support for Sri Lanka in the U.S. Congress. “Across the U.S. government, we see ...
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U.S. and Sri Lankan Governments Discuss Disaster Preparedness Ahead of South-Western Monsoons

COLOMBO, May 23 2018:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Sri Lanka Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and Dr. Michael Ernst from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) met with Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake to discuss Sri Lanka’s ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches Market-Oriented Dairy Project Potentially Doubling Dairy Production

COLOMBO, May 18, 2018:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Ambassador Atul Keshap launched a 2.2 billion rupee program ($14.1 million) Market-Oriented Dairy project on May 17 funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The Market-Oriented Dairy project will benefit more than 15,000 Sri Lankan farmers and will focus on the commercial sustainability of the dairy sector ...
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Sri Lankan and U.S. Doctors Pioneer First Robot-Assisted Surgery Onboard USNS Mercy

COLOMBO, May 14, 2018:  U.S. and Sri Lankan surgeons conducted the first ever robot-assisted surgery aboard the USNS Mercy on May 4.  The joint team of multinational surgeons and medical professionals successfully completed a cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal, on a Sri Lankan citizen using a Da Vinci XI Robot Surgical System. “This landmark surgery advances ...
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Opening Remarks for Pacific Partnership 2018 by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton

[As prepared] Admiral Attygalle, Admiral De Silva, Captain Bretz, Captain Roberts, senior government officials, colleagues, partners, friends, good evening.  To those joining us from the USNS Mercy, on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap and all the personnel of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, welcome to Sri Lanka.  We are ...
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U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy arrives in Trincomalee for 2018 Pacific Partnership

COLOMBO, April 25, 2018:  The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived in Trincomalee on April 25 to conduct the 2018 Pacific Partnership mission. Pacific Partnership 2018 will continue through May 8 and will feature U.S. and other military doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to provide treatment to local ...
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Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 12, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I wish a joyous New Year to all the Sri Lankan people. The New Year celebration is a chance to reflect on the milestones of the past year, including the celebration of ...
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U.S. Embassy and Matara Chamber of Commerce Launch American Innovation Hub

March 22, 2018:  The U.S. Embassy launched an American Innovation Hub (iHub) in Matara on March 21, 2018 in partnership with the Matara District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The iHub will provide employment and leadership skills for young people, promote English language learning, encourage study in the United States, and introduce the local community ...
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U.S. Statement for Human Rights Council 37th Session

As Prepared Geneva, March 19, 2018 The United States welcomes the delegation from Sri Lanka. We welcome the Government’s decision to accept our recommendations on full implementation of HRC resolution 30/1 and on accountability for the government’s, including the security forces, human rights violations and abuses, as well as accountability for those responsible for harassment ...
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New Mission Director for USAID in Sri Lanka and Maldives Arrives as New Projects Start Up

COLOMBO, March 14, 2018:  Reed J. Aeschliman assumed his duties as the new Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Sri Lanka and Maldives on March 5, 2018.  Mr. Aeschliman’s arrival corresponds with the start-up of several new initiatives and more than 4.5 billion Sri Lankan rupees in programs that ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy

March 6, 2018 – COLOMBO:  Rule of law, human rights, and equality are essential for peaceful coexistence.  It is important that the Government of Sri Lanka act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, protect religious minorities and their places of worship, and conclude the State of Emergency swiftly, while protecting human rights and basic freedoms for ...
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United States is Open for Business – Offering Sri Lanka Open, Fair and Reciprocal Trade

March 1, Colombo:  Stephen Renna, Director of the Advocacy Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently met with government leaders and U.S. companies in Colombo to discuss opportunities to increase U.S. exports to Sri Lanka.  “The United States is eager to expand open, fair and reciprocal trade,” stated Stephen Renna during his visit. American ...
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USAID YouLead and Microsoft Launch YouthWorks to Increase Employment and Entrepreneurship Among Sri Lanka’s Youth

February 28, 2018 – COLOMBO:  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) YouLead program and Microsoft Sri Lanka signed a partnership to launch the new YouthWorks information technology portal at the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training in Colombo today.  The portal will provide career guidance, technical and vocational courses, a mentorship platform, ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton at the launch of the “Youthworks” partnership

February 28, 2018 Colombo Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Honorable Chandima Weerakkody; Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Mr. Piyasena Ranepura; Microsoft Country Manager, Mr. Hasitha Abeywardana; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; good morning and welcome! I am delighted to join you today to launch the “Youthworks” portal, a joint initiative ...
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U.S. Peace Corps to Re-establish Program in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, February 26, 2018 – Sheila Crowley, Acting Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana signed a new bilateral agreement to re-establish a Peace Corps program in Sri Lanka.  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe witnessed the signing at Temple Trees.  The announcement ...
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Wycliffe Gordon in Colombo to Jazz Up #USASL70

February 22, 2018, Colombo: Join American jazz sensation Wycliffe Gordon and the U.S. Embassy for a celebration of 70 years of U.S – Sri Lankan partnership (#USASL70). The legendary Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars will tour Sri Lanka February 24 to 28, staging performances and master classes in Colombo, Galle, and Matara, bringing this truly American music genre from across the ...
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USAID Launches Youth Employment and Skills Project in Central Province

Colombo, February 7, 2018:  Visiting U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Daniel Rosenblum opened the Kandy YouLead office on February 2, which will expand employment opportunities for youth in the Central Province. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in partnership with the ...
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Maldives Court Ruling to Free Opposition Politicians

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON February 2, 2018 Maldives Court Ruling to Free Opposition Politicians The United States welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court to order the release of political prisoners and to reinstate elected members of parliament. The United States urges the Maldivian government to ...
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United States and Sri Lanka To Celebrate 70 Years Working Together

February 1, Colombo:  February 4th marks the 70th anniversary of Sri Lankan independence.  It also marks the70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Sri Lanka.  In honor of this milestone, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo will launch a series of programs over the course of the next twelve months.  Encompassing cultural events, ...
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Special Notice

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services at the U.S. Embassy will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.  The American Center in Colombo is closed until further notice.
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Generalized System of Preferences Program Expires on December 31, 2017

December 29, Colombo:  The United States’ Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program expires on December 31, 2017.  The United States Congress did not re-authorize GSP before adjourning for the year.  The immediate effect of GSP expiration is GSP eligible imports to the United States from Sri Lanka and other GSP beneficiary countries and territories will ...
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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY TO ADVANCE AMERICA’S INTERESTS

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. ” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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United States and Sri Lanka launch LKR 306,000,000 ($2 million) HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership

December 12, Colombo:  On December 8, the Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched a two-year HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership  to fast track government efforts to end AIDS by 2025.  The U.S. Government’s development agency – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will help to transfer promising solutions, new technical ...
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The Global Forum on Asset Recovery: Assistance for Combatting Corruption in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Ukraine

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 5, 2017 On the eve of International Anti-corruption Day, the United States is pleased to co-host the December 4-6, inaugural Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) with the United Kingdom, as a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to preventing and combatting corruption globally. According to the ...
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United States and Sri Lanka Strengthen Trade and Transportation Partnership

December 5, Colombo:  On December 4, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Atul Keshap and Secretary of Civil Aviation Mr. G. S. Withanage signed an agreement to amend the U.S.-Sri Lanka Open Skies Agreement of 2002 to facilitate the movement of cargo goods more efficiently and profitably.  The amendment strengthens global express delivery ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton’s Remarks at the Opening of U.S.-funded Refurbished School in Batticaloa

Governor Bogollagama, Member of Parliament Moulana, teachers, staff and students, good afternoon and as-salamu alaykum.  I’m delighted to be here today to formally open this beautiful addition to the Bathuriya Vidyalaya school, and most importantly, to meet with some of the engaging young people who are studying here.  And let me thank the students who ...
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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka

Statement by Jason Mack Delegation of the United States of America to 28th Session, Universal  Periodic Review, Geneva, November 15, 2017 Thank you Mr. Vice President. The United States warmly welcomes the Sri Lankan delegation to the UPR Working Group. We commend Sri Lanka’s commitment to promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights, and welcome progress on returning occupied ...
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Remarks at the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue

Remarks delivered by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. at the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue Colombo, Sri Lanka November 6, 2017 Thank you very much, Mr. Foreign Secretary. What a great pleasure to be here today in Colombo, and what a great pleasure to be standing here with you, sir. As you noted, we worked together ...
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NOFO – 2018 AFCP Large Grants Competition

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2018 large Grants Competition  Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-AFCP-LG-2018 Funding Instrument Type: Grant Program Authorization: “Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961” P.L. 87-256  CFDA Number: 19.025  Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $200,000 per project  Email:  ColomboPDGrants@state.gov Deadline: December 6, 2017   ...
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USAID Works with Sri Lanka to Strengthen Preparedness and Response to Natural Disasters

COLOMBO, November 1 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka on disaster preparedness and response, to help address and mitigate the loss of lives and property resulting from the increased frequency of flash floods and landslides.  Most recently, USAID brought the lead designer of the ...
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NOFO – 2018 AFCP Small Grants Competition

Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-AFCP-SML-2018 Funding Instrument Type: Grant Program Authorization: “Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961”  (P.L. 87-256 Sec 102(b)(5), as amended) CFDA Number: 19.025  Floor on Amount of Individual Awards: US $10,000 per project  Ceiling on Amount of Individual Awards: US $200,000 per project  Email:  ColomboPDGrants@state.gov Deadline: December 1, 2017   Program Description ...
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Welcome USS Nimitz to Sri Lanka!

Ambassador Atul Keshap and other dignitaries including Ministers Ruwan Wijewardena and Mahinda Samarasinghe, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam toured the USS Nimitz and welcomed U.S. Sailors to Sri Lanka. Ambassador Keshap said U.S. Sailors & Marines help keep vital Indian Ocean sea lanes open, ...
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USS Nimitz Visit to Sri Lanka First for U.S. Aircraft Carrier Since 1985

COLOMBO, October 27 – The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a planned port visit on October 28.  The Carrier Strike Group includes the USS Nimitz, the cruiser USS Princeton, and destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, and USS Kidd.  The ships are scheduled to depart Colombo on October 31, ...
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USAID Supports Interfaith Forum to Strengthen Humanitarian Response

COLOMBO, October 26 – From October 16-19, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) strengthened partnerships between organizations and local humanitarian response by co-hosting more than 140 participants from 36 countries in Colombo for the Forum on Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need and the Role of Religious and Faith-based Organizations. Representing local and global faith networks, ...
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Ambassador Keshap Inaugurates U.S. Garment Innovation Center

Ambassador Atul Keshap and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe attended the inauguration of an innovation center created by Star Garments, a division of the U.S.-based Komar company, last week.  “American companies bring the best and highest standards of ethics, of design, of innovation, of technology, of responsible management, and absolutely cutting edge environmental responsibility,” said Ambassador ...
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Sri Lanka and U.S. Governments Launch YouLead! Youth Employment Program

Colombo, October 20:  The governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched the YouLead! initiative on October 19, a 1.8 billion rupee program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support youth employability, vocational skills development, and entrepreneurship.  U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and Minister Chandima Weerakkody joined for the inauguration ceremony at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo. U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap said, ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State John J. Hamre, CEO for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Center for Strategic & International Studies Washington, DC October 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John ...
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U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift Speaks at Galle Dialogue

At the Galle Dialogue 2017, Admiral Scott Swift emphasized, “Engagement and building trust remains a critical part of maintaining the inclusive security network that sustains the rules-based order and helps protect freedom of the seas for the benefit of all nations.”  Admiral Swift also noted, “Just as nations and their maritime forces have the ability ...
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U.S. 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins

COLOMBO October 4 – The U.S. Embassy in Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, also known as the “Green Card” Lottery.  The program will be open for online registration from October 3, 2017 to November 7, 2017.  The Diversity Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

October 2, 2017 HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton at American Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

[As prepared] Thank you Ravin for the warm introduction.  It’s a pleasure to join you once again for the Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka. I would like to thank the AmCham Board of Directors for hosting this event and Radika and her staff for all the hard work ...
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United States Partners with Sri Lanka to Protect Oceans By Improving Waste Management

On September 25, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded approximately LKR 97 million ($625,000) to three local organizations to recycle municipal waste in the western coastal belt and Galle district. The three organizations, Janathakshan, Sevanatha, and the Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation, will help communities partner with local government to prevent ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Strategic Trade Enforcement Training to Sri Lankan Customs Officials

Colombo, September 21:  The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program and the World Customs Organization (WCO) trained 34 Customs Officials from Sri Lanka in strategic trade controls enforcement from September 12 to September 15, 2017. The methodology discussed in the workshop allows Customs Administrations to focus on cargo entering ...
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United States and Sri Lanka Co-host Pacific Airlift Rally with a Focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Colombo, September 18:  The United States and Sri Lanka conducted the Pacific Airlift Rally, a biennial exercise, from September 11 to 15, 2017.  The Pacific Airlift Rally brought together participants from the United States, Sri Lanka, and other Indo-Asia-Pacific nations for an airborne training exercise that focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.  Participants ...
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Major General James S Hartsell’s Speech at the Indian Ocean Conference 2017 in Colombo

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be here on behalf of Admiral Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. He regrets not being able to attend, and sends his best regards. I would like to thank the organizing committee and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremesinghe as committee chair, for all your tireless efforts in ...
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“Maintaining U.S. Influence in South Asia: The FY 2018 Budget”

Statement of Ambassador Alice Wells Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs U.S. Department of State Before the HFAC Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific “Maintaining U.S. Influence in South Asia: The FY 2018 Budget” September 7, 2017 Introduction Chairman Yoho, Ranking Member Sherman, members of the Subcommittee: thank you for inviting ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells Concludes Visit to Sri Lanka

Colombo, September 1:  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells will conclude her visit to Sri Lanka September 2, 2017.  In her conversations, Ambassador Wells emphasized continued U.S. support for the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to promote reconciliation, economic development, and equal rights for all Sri Lankans. Ambassador ...
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Remarks of Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells on Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture

Indian Ocean Conference 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka September 1, 2017 AS DELIVERED I want to thank the India Foundation and our partners in Singapore and Sri Lanka for your leadership in organizing this conference. And let me begin by reaffirming a longstanding facet of U.S. foreign policy: that the United States is and will continue ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells Travel to South Asia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 26, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice Wells will travel to Dhaka and Colombo from August 28-September 2. She will meet with government officials, business leaders, and civil society representatives to ...
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U.S. Embassy Conducts Customs Training to Help Sri Lanka Better Screen Dangerous Cargo

Colombo, August 25:  The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program trained 33 customs officials from Sri Lanka in risk management of cargo from August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017.  The training was conducted in Colombo and coordinated by EXBS. Participants learned how to identify high-risk shipments and improve ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap’s statement on the situation in Maldives

The events taking place in the Majlis over the past few days are disturbing and unfortunate. A free and fair Parliament governed by impartial rules is essential to the proper functioning of any healthy democracy. I call upon the Government of Maldives to ensure that the Majlis function freely in accordance with Maldivian law and ...
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Statement on the United States’ Engagement in South Asia

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 21, 2017 This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region. This new strategy signals clear support for the ...
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U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

Colombo, August 11: A bipartisan delegation of Members of Congress from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Colombo on Wednesday, August 9 to further strengthen ties between the governments and people of Sri Lanka and the United States.  Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Henry Cuellar ...
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U.S. Embassy Conducts Seaport Interdiction Training

Colombo, August 8:  The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program trained 18 Customs and Coast Guard Officials from Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, and Bangladesh in seaport interdiction from July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017.  The training was conducted in Colombo and coordinated by EXBS. Participants learned cutting-edge inspection ...
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Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Joint Statement

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 6, 2017 Following is the text of a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Ministerial: Begin text: The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono, and the Secretary of ...
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DCM Hilton Opens U.S.-funded Refurbished School in Jaffna

Colombo, August 4:  Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton inaugurated a newly refurbished building at the Jaffna Hindu Ladies’ College on July 31, 2017 that will support reconciliation and stabilization and provide girls in Jaffna with opportunity to study in a modern facility.  Coordinating closely with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Education and the Northern ...
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U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, Announces LKR 1.1 Billion to Advance Progress on Development of Compact

Colombo, July 27: A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led by Fatema Z. Sumar, Regional Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America, visited Colombo to advance progress on the development of the MCC compact—a five-year grant program—with the Government of Sri Lanka that aims to reduce poverty ...
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U.S. alarmed by the recent actions of the government of Maldives

The Embassies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives are alarmed by the recent actions of the Government of Maldives which seriously damage and undermine democracy, and run counter to the Maldives’ Constitution and the ...
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Rural Dairy Farmers Raise Production, Incomes through USAID Assistance

Colombo, July 20: K. Mathanakumari, a single mother of three from Mullaitivu, faced many challenges to feed, clothe, and educate her children.  Despite her hard work trying to provide a better life for her family, Mathanakumari had difficulties gaining access to basic resources and techniques to improve production from her dairy farm. In April 2015, ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Provides Medical Training Across Atolls

Colombo, July 12: The Embassy of the United States of America and U.S. Pacific Command medical experts recently completed training for local doctors, nurses, schools, and the Maldivian Red Crescent in Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll.  This is part of ongoing U.S. assistance to help Maldivians provide better pre-hospital care and medical skills to respond to ...
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American Innovation Expert Collaborates with Sri Lankan IT Entrepreneurs

Colombo, July 12:  As part of its efforts to advance U.S.-Sri Lankan economic ties and prosperity, the Embassy of the United States of America recently supported Cheryl Edison, American innovation expert, to work with Sri Lanka’s leading IT entrepreneurs, engineering students, and Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) representatives.  Edison was also the keynote speaker ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert B. Hilton at Sri Lanka Library Association AGM

Dr. Pradeepa Wigetunge, Mr. R.P. Perera, members of the board of the Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA), thank you for inviting me to join you today.  Recipients of certificates and medals, awards and fellowships, congratulations to you.  This is your day.  And congratulations to your family members and friends who are here as well.  On ...
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July 4th Message by U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap

On July 4th, Americans around the world gather to celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence.  The American Founding Fathers had a vision of a democratic nation where every individual would enjoy certain “inalienable Rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Since 1776 the American people have striven, sometimes slowly and imperfectly but always ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Visits Eastern Province

COLOMBO, June 22: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap visited the Eastern Province this week to commemorate a milestone in U.S.-supported demining efforts and to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at a school to construct facilities to help communities displaced by natural disasters.  During the visit, Ambassador Keshap also met leaders and activists working on post-conflict reconciliation and ...
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Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Sri Lanka Navy Commander Visit USS Lake Erie

COLOMBO, June 16: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Sri Lanka Navy Commander Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne joined U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap to visit the captain and crew aboard the USS Lake Erie to express their appreciation for the flood relief work provided by U.S. Navy sailors visiting Sri Lanka. “I want to thank Captain ...
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U.S. Role in Asia: Speech by Ambassador Atul Keshap

American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka /Asia Foundation June 6, 2017 I want to thank the entire American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka (AmCham) for putting this together.  It’s great to partner with you guys.  AmChams all around the broader Indo-Pacific are a wonderful way for American companies to show their value, transparency, highest standards of ...
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American People Contribute LKR 350 Million for Sri Lanka Flood Relief

Colombo, June 4:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap joined President Maithripala Sirisena to announce approximately LKR 350 million ($2.3 million) in humanitarian assistance from the United States government and people to help victims of flooding and landslides in Sri Lanka. The aid will be used to provide safe drinking water, hygiene kits, emergency ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Ramadan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary   On behalf of the American people, I would like to wish all Muslims a joyful Ramadan. During this month of fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims in America and around the world will find meaning and inspiration in acts of charity and meditation that strengthen ...
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Small Grants Program for Sri Lanka

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy grants program for awards. Funding Opportunity Title:  U.S. Embassy Colombo  Funding Opportunity Number:  PAS-COL-010 CFDA Number:  Public Diplomacy Programs for Sri Lanka – 19.040  Funding Instrument Type:  Grant or Cooperative Agreement Floor of Individual Award Amounts:  $5,000 ...
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U.S.-Sri Lankan Experts Highlight IP Protection for Innovation and Growth

Colombo, April 26, 2017: Experts on intellectual property (IP) rights from around the world gathered today on World IP Day to support strengthening Sri Lanka’s intellectual property efforts.  The seminar is part of several workshops this week to highlight the economic benefits of innovation and IP protection for the Sri Lankan people. “Intellectual property rights ...
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Women Entrepreneurs Learn to Create, Grow Businesses in Kandy

Women entrepreneurs from the Central Province promoted and sold their products at a U.S. Embassy-sponsored trade fair at the American Center in Kandy on March 30, 2017.  This fair served as the capstone event for a five-month program to provide entrepreneurial skills to women representing the area’s diverse communities. The free program provided participants with ...
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USS Comstock Participates in Humanitarian Assistance Training in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, April 1: USS Comstock (LSD 45) departed Sri Lanka today following a week of exchanges with the Sri Lankan Navy and Marine Corps.  These exercises focused on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts and coordination, the third such military-to-military exchange between U.S. Sailors and Marines and their Sri Lankan counterparts in the past ...
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Remarks by Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump; Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon; and the 2017 International Women of Courage Award recipients.  (Applause.) UNDER SECRETARY SHANNON:  Good morning.  It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the State Department and the 2017 International Women of Courage ...
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Sandya Eknelygoda: International Woman of Courage

Each year, the U.S. Department of State recognizes the exceptional courage and commitment of women who serve as advocates for human rights, justice, peace, and gender equality.  Today, Sri Lanka’s Sandya Eknelygoda joins twelve other women from across the globe to receive the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage award for 2017.  First ...
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Human Rights Council 34th Session

Statement of the United States of America as delivered by William J. Mozdzierz Geneva, March 22, 2017 Thank you, Mr. High Commissioner, for your comprehensive report. The United States also appreciates the Government of Sri Lanka’s cooperation with your Office and relevant special procedure mandate holders. Since September 2015, Sri Lanka has taken important steps ...
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World Water Day: U.S. Embassy Helps Provide Clean Drinking Water in Rural Sri Lanka

Mapakadaweva, March 22: Students and teachers from Keselpotha Maha Vidyalaya in Uva Province joined representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday to inaugurate a rainwater harvesting system at their school, providing clean drinking water year-round.  Since 2012, USAID has partnered with local organizations to build more than 1,000 such systems in ...
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Press Statement

Support for Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka Mark C. Toner Acting Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 15, 2017 On Monday, March 13 at the UN Human Rights Council the United States and other members of the Friends of Sri Lanka Core Group tabled a draft resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights ...
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Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

“The State Department will coordinate with other federal agencies and implement these temporary restrictions in an orderly manner. Our embassies and consulates around the world will play an important role in making sure that our nation is as secure as it can be.” – Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, March 6, 2017
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U.S. Pacific Fleet and Sri Lanka Navy Lead Pacific Partnership Goodwill Mission in Sri Lanka

HAMBANTOTA, March 6:  The Embassy of the United States of America welcomes the U.S. Pacific Fleet and its transport ship USNS Fall River for the first-ever Pacific Partnership goodwill mission to Sri Lanka March 6-18.  Working side-by-side with the Sri Lanka Navy and local organizations in the Hambantota region, this multinational effort includes free community ...
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U.S. Congressional Delegation Reaffirms Bipartisan U.S. Support for Sri Lanka

Colombo, February 28: A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives led by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, departed Colombo on February 25 following a two-day visit to Colombo.  This was the second visit by members of the U.S. Congress to Sri Lanka in February 2017, demonstrating the bipartisan support in the legislative branch of ...
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U.S. Zydeco Band “Mo’ Mojo” Visits Sri Lanka to Strengthen Cultural Connections

Colombo, February 23, 2017:  Mo’ Mojo, an American zydeco band, concluded its five-day tour of Sri Lanka on February 16  with a high-energy, free, public concert for an appreciative crowd in Colombo.  The U.S. Embassy-sponsored visit included public performances in Jaffna and Colombo; workshops for music students; and master classes for Sri Lankan musicians. “We ...
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U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

Colombo, February 20: A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP).  The HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the U.S. House of Representatives and the ...
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U.S. Embassy Colombo Small Grants Program for Sri Lanka – 2017

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy grants program for awards. Grants are intended for local representatives of civil society including non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, universities, schools, and individuals.  To receive funding, grants must support one of the following goals:   Promote reconciliation, ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Partners with the Maldives National Defense Force to Provide Life-Saving Emergency Medical Training

Colombo, February 9, 2017:  Medical personnel from the U.S. Pacific Command partnered with the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and Ministry of Health to provide emergency medical training in Addu Atoll, January 29 to February 2.  The training increased the capacity of Maldivian first responders to save lives in the event of a medical emergency. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Bruce Wharton at Sri Lanka National Day Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Sri Lanka National Day Reception February 6, 2017 Organization of American States, Washington, D.C. (as prepared for delivery) Thank you, Ambassador Kariyawasam, for that kind introduction, and for all the great work that you’ve done during your tenure as ...
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Notice: Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

On January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending entry into the United States of individuals from seven countries [Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen] under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Sri Lanka is not on the list of countries included in this Executive Order. Sri Lankans can continue ...
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U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Partnering with Sri Lanka to Promote Economic Opportunity

Colombo, January 27: Senior officials from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) visited Sri Lanka January 23-26 to discuss joint efforts to fight poverty and promote economic opportunity for all Sri Lankans.  In December 2016, MCC selected Sri Lanka as eligible for an MCC compact – a five-year development grant linked to sustained reforms that ...
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President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Colombo on the Closure of the Iranawila Station

The United States values its strong relationship with Sri Lanka and our bilateral partnership over the past 60 years. The Iranawila shortwave station, managed by an independent U.S. agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), is an example of this partnership.  The shortwave station has transmitted Voice of America programs from Washington through shortwave radio ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi on Non-Violent Teachings for Inter-Ethnic and Religious Harmony [As prepared] Good evening.  It is such a pleasure to join you tonight to discuss the legacy of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.  Thank you so much for participating in this ...
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USAID Clean Water Project Expected to Benefit 100,000 in Disaster-Prone Areas and Communities Affected by Chronic Kidney Diseases

The United States Embassy’s Dr. Andrew Sisson, USAID Mission Director, joined State Minister Hon. Sudharshini Fernandopulle and MEP leader Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena last week on January 5 to launch an approximately Rs. 150 million ($1 million) program to provide safe disaster-resilient drinking water to local communities in Sri Lanka.  This program expands upon several previous ...
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Social Media Lab

Beginner Social Media.  This course is ideal for people with very limited knowledge about social media, and those wanting to get a basic understanding of what social media is all about. This course explains the fundamentals of social media + attempts to make sense of this arena. Areas we’ll cover include: What is social media?  An ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches New Website for Maldives

The Embassy of the United States of America to Sri Lanka and Maldives launched its new Maldives website ( https://mv.usmission.gov ) yesterday, featuring a more mobile-friendly layout, with easy-to-access and more locally-relevant news and information. The new homepage will allow users to quickly find the latest information about U.S.-Maldives relations, and also information about business and ...
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Sri Lanka’s Golden Opportunity: Transcript of Ambassador Keshap’s Interview with Daily FT

Q:What are the key engagement points between the US and Sri Lanka? A:We have the Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA), which has given us a platform to discuss the entire waterfront of Sri Lanka’s economic and trade issues. I think we have a great way forward to develop a plan of action spanning trade between US ...
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Advanced U.S. Maritime Patrol Aircraft Visits Sri Lanka

The “Red Lancers” of Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) departed Sri Lanka on Sunday, December 11, aboard a P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota.  The Poseidon arrived in Colombo on December 4, where its sailors met with Sri Lanka military personnel to demonstrate the capabilities of the P-8A and exchanged expert advice.  ...
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World-Renowned Battery Dance Tours Sri Lanka

The world-renowned Battery Dance will conclude its tour of Sri Lanka with a gala “Drums and Dance” performance in collaboration with Chandana Wickramasinghe’s Dancer’s Guild and Asoka Wickramaratne’s Naadro at Bishop’s College on December 12 at 7:00 p.m.  This public show completes Battery Dance’s nearly two weeks of programs featuring exchanges with top Sri Lankan ...
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Meet John Black: First U.S. Consul to Ceylon

During a September 27, 2016 trip to celebrate the conclusion of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant for the historic Galle Fort area, Embassy officials paid tribute to their own diplomatic history by locating the final resting place of John Black, the first American Commercial Agent and Consul to Ceylon.  Though Black’s office and other locations associated with him ...
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United States Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Sri Lanka, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Principal Deputy Director William Moser, alongside local officials, broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The multi-building complex ...
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American and Sri Lankan Experts Gather to Unleash Sri Lanka’s Trade Potential

From November 29-December 1, the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Sri Lanka Department of Commerce held three seminars on trade policy with more than 70 key decision makers and technical experts from various Sri Lankan ministries, agencies, research institutes, trade policy think tanks, and Chambers of Commerce. ...
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U.S. Welcomes Sri Lanka’s Contribution to Security in the Indo-Asia- Pacific Region

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, visited Sri Lanka November 27-29 to attend the Galle Dialogue 2016 maritime security conference and meet with senior government and military leaders, including President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “Oceans that once were physical and psychological barriers that kept us apart are now maritime  superhighways that ...
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Remarks by Adm. Harry Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command at Galle Dialogue

Thanks, Admiral Wijegunaratne for that kind introduction. In addition to being an expert in asymmetric naval warfare and special boat operations, the Admiral is also a well-known Rugby player – definitely a man you’d want on your side! So I’m pleased to call him friend. I’d also like to express my gratitude to the Sri ...
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USAID Launches Partnership with Parliament of Sri Lanka to Strengthen Democratic Governance

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched today a Rs. 1.92 billion (USD$13 million) partnership with the Parliament of Sri Lanka to strengthen accountability and democratic governance in Sri Lanka. “This project broadens our support to the independent commissions, Ministries, and provincial and local levels of government,” said USAID Mission Director Andrew Sisson at ...
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Open Doors Report Shows More Sri Lankan Students Studying in the United States

The number of Sri Lankan students studying at U.S. colleges and universities rose to 3080 students, an increase of 6.9 percent compared to the 2014-2015 academic year, according to the latest 2016 Open Doors Report. In total, the number of international students in U.S. colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during ...
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Sri Lanka and American Universities Cooperate on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Top American engineering and science universities shared strategies for developing technology incubators and technology transfer offices with Sri Lankan university, government, and business leaders as part of the U.S. commitment to helping Sri Lanka develop a diversified, modern economy that can attract foreign and domestic investment. “Sri Lanka is well-positioned to become a technology hub ...
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Demonstration Notice – November 16, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that a demonstration is planned for outside the Embassy at noon. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be aware of surroundings at all times.
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NOFO – 2017 AFCP Large Grants Competition

The U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2017 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) large grants program.  We invite you to work with the Public Affairs section at U.S. Embassy Colombo to develop and submit proposals for possible funding under this initiative. You are invited to send project ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap’s interview with TNL Radio – Lite FM on U.S. Presidential Election

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap says the U.S. is committed to electoral democracy. The Ambassador also said the 2016 U.S. presidential election is a lot like Sri Lanka’s presidential election in January 2015, where people voted in a smooth transition of power. Ambassador Keshap joined News Radio in an exclusive interview. Q: ...
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NOFO – AFCP 2017 Small Grants Competition

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2017 Small Grants Competition. The AFCP was established in 2001 in collaboration with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to assist countries in preserving their cultural ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Atul Keshap On the Occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the Establishment of the American Ceylon Mission

[As prepared] Rev. Dr. James Moos, Executive Minister, Co-Executive Global Ministries Rev. Dr. Deenabandhu Manchala,  Area Executive for Southern Asia, Global Ministries Rev Devasagayam Devanesan, Chairperson Rt. Rev Bishop Duleep De Chickera, Former Anglican Bishop of Colombo Rev Asiri P. Perera, President of the Methodist Conference in Sri Lanka Mrs. Lakshani Fernando, General Secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society Rev A.B. Thevathas ...
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200th Anniversary of the American Ceylon Mission

[As prepared] Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert B.Hilton On the Occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the American Ceylon Mission Dr. James Moos, Chairperson Reverend Devasagayam Devanesan, Bishop of Jaffna Right Reverend Dr. Justin Gnanapragasam, Father Jude Sutharshan, members of the clergy, lay leaders in the church, representatives of government and civil society, friends: It is a privilege to ...
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Message for U.S. citizens – Final Opportunities to return Voted Ballots (11 October 2016)

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton at 11th Regional Workshop for Judges, Prosecutors and Police Officers in South Asia

Hosted by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) Organized by the Global Center on Cooperative Security With the support of the Governments of Australia and the United States of America  Colombo, Sri Lanka October 3, 2016 State Secretary, High Commissioner, colleagues from the United Nations, conference participants, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.  It ...
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United States 2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, also known as the “Green Card” Lottery.  The program will be open for online registration from October 4, 2016 to November 7, 2016.  The Diversity Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity to interview for an ...
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U.S. EXIM Bank Chairman Visits Water Reservoir Project in Badulla

Chairman Fred Hochberg of the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) of the United States visited the Badulla site of the EXIM-funded water reservoir project yesterday.  The approximately Rs. 9.4 billion ($64.9 million) project was funded in 2012 through a 12-year direct loan for this Integrated Water Supply System. The water-supply project will integrate new and rehabilitated treatment ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches New Website: lk.usembassy.gov

The Embassy of the United States in Sri Lanka launched its new website ( lk.usembassy.gov ) yesterday, featuring a more mobile-friendly layout, with easy-to-access and more locally-relevant news and information. The new homepage will allow users to quickly find answers to visa questions, U.S. citizen services, job opportunities, and business opportunities, as well as latest Embassy-related ...
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Ambassador Keshap’s Remarks at Annual General Meeting of Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Honored guests, ladies, gentlemen. Good afternoon to you all.  It is an honor to be invited to address such a distinguished gathering of women leaders and professionals.  You are knocking down barriers for women every day in Sri Lanka – and reaching back to mentor young leaders.  You are helping to build a stronger, more ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission’s Remarks for AFCP Galle Fort World Heritage Site Documentation Closing Ceremony

As Prepared: Good afternoon everyone and thank you to everyone who helped organize this event today. A special thanks to project co-directors Professor P.B. Mandawala and architect Prasanna Ratnayake, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sampath Amaratuge, friends from the Central Cultural Fund, Galle Maritime Archaeological Museum, Galle Heritage Foundation, and other distinguished guests.  ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap’s Remarks for National Conference on Public Private Partnerships

As prepared Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning to you all. I consider it a great pleasure and honor to speak to such a distinguished audience, at this national conference on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). It has become evident that an important trend in economic and social development is taking place in countries around the ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Partners with Sri Lanka and Maldives on Oil Spill Management

Experts from the U.S. Pacific Command provided training for disaster response counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives on preparation and response to potential oil spill scenario that could severely impact local environment and tourism.   Both civilian and military participants shared experiences from recent oil spill response efforts, with hands-on field exercises that included a live ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Fund Helps Preserve Sri Lankan Ritual Dances for Future Generations

As part of continued U.S. support for the preservation of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, the Embassy of the United States of America has awarded a grant to the University of Peradeniya to document and preserve four traditional ritual dance forms and related crafts. “We are proud to partner with the University of Peradeniya in its ...
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Joint Statement on the U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Inter-Sessional Meeting

An inter-sessional meeting of the U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting was held on September 1, 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  The meeting was Co-Chaired by Sri Lanka Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South & Central Asia Michael J. Delaney, representing ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Donates Medical Supplies Through Operation Pacific Angel to The Northern Province

On behalf of the American people, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap, representing the American people, donated medical supplies brought in by U.S. Pacific Command’s Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) to Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan who accepted the items on behalf of the people of Jaffna.  Operation PACANGEL is ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2016 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Gants Competition

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce the call for abstracts and proposals for the 2016 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Large Grants program. We invite you to work with the Public Affairs section at U.S. Embassy Colombo to develop and submit proposals for possible funding under this initiative. We request ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – American Corner Kandy (June 7, 2016)

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – American Corner Kandy June 7, 2016 The American Center welcomes grant applications for extended training courses and programs at the American Corner in Kandy linking with other areas of the country.  The programs will develop interactive training classes to develop skills in Youth Leadership, Public Speaking, English Education, STEM ...
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U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue

Ambassador Atul Keshap joined Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon and Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal at the inaugural U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue in Washington D.C. Ambassador Shannon told the Sri Lankan delegation led by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera the U.S. looks forward to broadening and strengthening its relationship with Sri Lanka on the basis of ...
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