U.S. Embassy and Prime Minister Inaugurate U.S.-Funded Monastery Restoration in Rajagala

RAJAGALA, October 17:  A stupa restored under a project funded by the U.S. Department of State through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) was inaugurated yesterday by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.   Funding for the project, initiated in 2013, totals nearly 43 million Sri Lankan rupees ($250,000). Counselor for Public Affairs David McGuire represented 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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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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USAID Partners with Private Banks to Provide MSMEs with Access to Finance

Colombo, September 7, 2018 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the USAID Development Credit Authority (DCA), Hatton National Bank PLC and Sampath Bank PLC have announced a new partnership for a program of up to $9 million for local financing available to private, micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) throughout Sri Lanka. ...
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Need for Free and Fair Election in Maldives

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018 The United States is concerned about continued democratic backsliding in Maldives, particularly as the country prepares for a presidential election on September 23. We join the international community in calling for the release of falsely accused political prisoners; full implementation of the Maldivian Supreme ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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U.S. Government and Government of Maldives Inaugurate a $3.8 Million Safe Drinking Water System for 4,000 Residents on Hinnavaru, Maldives

Colombo, December 26, 2017: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Maldives inaugurated a $3.8 million integrated water supply and distribution system on December 25, providing a safe and reliable water source for more than 4,000 residents of Hinnavaru Island. The system collects water from rainwater harvesting tanks, mixes it ...
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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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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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Under Secretary Shannon to Travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will visit Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 5–7. While in Dhaka, November 5–6, Under Secretary Shannon will co-lead the U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue and discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues, including the Rohingya crisis, with government and non-government officials. Under Secretary Shannon will then ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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U.S. 2018 Diversity Visa Results are Available

Colombo, May 4: 2018 Diversity Visa Program entrants can now check the status of their applications at the following website: http://www.dvlottery.state.gov . Applicants should retain confirmation receipts until September 30, 2018. The Department of State advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Program applicants. The scammers behind these ...
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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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United States Ambassador Extends Condolences on the Passing of the Most Venerable Mahanayake of the Amarapura Chapter

Release No. 20160404 Colombo, April 4: On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the passing of the Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Chapter, Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Mahanayake Thero. Sri Lankans and Americans who knew the late Mahanayake ...
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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Selects Sri Lanka for 5-Year Grant Compact

At its quarterly meeting on December 13, 2016, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors selected Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso and Tunisia for new MCC compacts – five-year grants – to encourage economic growth and reduce poverty. “MCC’s considerable support is a major boost to our six decades of development partnership with the people ...
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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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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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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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U.S. Embassy Empowers Youth to Improve Local Communities

The Embassy of the United States of America is awarding approximately LKR 9,000,000 (over $60,000) to eight civil society organizations as part of the Embassy’s annual Youth Empowerment Grants program.  This initiative supports innovative, small-scale projects to nurture civil society groups helping Sri Lankan youth. “From raising environmental awareness to providing leadership training, promoting gender ...
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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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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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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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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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Operation Pacific Angel Concludes in North

The multinational team led by U.S. Pacific Command concluded their week-long assistance program yesterday in Jaffna, providing general medical care for approximately 4000 people and renovating six schools that serve a total of 1100 students. “I want to thank all the members of Operation Pacific Angel for not just improving lives of Jaffna-area residents through ...
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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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U.S. Continues Support for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Sri Lanka

As part of its commitment to support sustainable economic growth in Sri Lanka, the Embassy of the United States of America supports expert American speakers and ongoing programs to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship across the country. “Our continuous outreach to students, academics, and entrepreneurs will empower Sri Lankans to take advantage of the peace dividend ...
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Joint Statement on Defamation Bill in Maldives

The defamation bill that has been introduced in the Maldivian parliament risks being, if passed, a serious setback for freedom of speech in the Maldives.  It will allow severe penalties to be imposed on those who wish to exercise their democratic rights and freedoms, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ...
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New USAID Mission Director Signals Surge in U.S. Development Assistance in Sri Lanka

Signaling a surge in U.S. development assistance for Sri Lanka, the newly-arrived Dr. Andrew Sisson official assumed duties yesterday as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Sri Lanka and Maldives.  U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap administered the oath of office in the presence of his wife Karen Levine and the entire USAID ...
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Sharing Knowledge: USS New Orleans Exchanges Best Practices on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief with Sri Lankan Navy

U.S. Marines embarked on the USS New Orleans joined experts from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to exchange best practices on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief during two days of workshops and seminars with the Sri Lanka Navy in Colombo.  Instructors shared U.S. experiences assisting victims of natural disasters in the United ...
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Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski’s Travel to Sri Lanka and Cambodia July 12-20

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will visit Sri Lanka and Cambodia from July 12 to 20, where he will engage with government officials and local civil society representatives. In Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will focus on Sri Lanka’s continued progress in meeting the commitments made during last ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Iftar in Sri Lanka

Sinhala Translation  (PDF 135 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 181 KB) U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap hosted leaders from the Sri Lankan Muslim community, government officials, civil society activists, and media representatives for an Iftar last night in Colombo.  This is one of three U.S. Embassy-hosted Iftars in Sri Lanka during the month of Ramadan this year, including one in Jaffna and another ...
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U.S. Government Trains Sri Lankan Officials on Counterproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

June 27, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 733 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 504 KB) The U.S. Government recently concluded a five-day workshop in Colombo from June 13-17 for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  Led by U.S. military experts from the ...
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Strong Sri Lankan Delegation Headed to Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

June 17, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 745 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 567 KB) Sri Lankan fashion designer Yasisurie Kiribandara, founder of Yasisurie Pvt. Ltd, has been selected by the U.S. Embassy to join four other entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at Stanford University in California next week.  The summit will serve as a forum ...
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United States Offers Additional Assistance to Flood Affected

May 22, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 491 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 67.0 KB) T‎he United States Government will provide an‎ additional 36 million Sri Lankan Rupees (250,000 U.S. dollars) to support flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka. This is in addition to the previously announced 7.2 million Sri Lankan Rupees (50,000 U.S. dollars) that is supporting humanitarian assistance activities in the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Visits Hambantota

June 21, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 959 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 468 KB) U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and a U.S. Embassy team recently visited the Hambantota region to meet local officials and business executives.  During the June 20-21 visit, Ambassador Keshap spoke with leaders from the Hambantota Chamber of Commerce, which was initially established with support from the United States Agency ...
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United States Offers Immediate Assistance for Disaster Relief

May 20, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 246 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 274 KB) To meet the urgent needs of victims of the ongoing landslides and flooding in various parts of Sri Lanka, the United States Government has provided 7.2 million Sri Lankan Rupees (50,000 U.S. dollars) for emergency humanitarian assistance.  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely ...
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United States Offers Three-Year Program to Assist Flood Affected

May 20, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 566 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 82.6 KB) In view of the serious flooding in western Sri Lanka, the United States Government has provided 7.2 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000 U.S. dollars) for immediate disaster assistance for non-food items such as blankets, mattresses, clothing and hygiene kits. In addition, the United States Embassy in Colombo, in ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap’s Condolence Statement on Landslides and Flooding

May 18, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 217 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 193 KB) On behalf of the men and women of the Embassy of the United States of America, I extend our deepest condolences to the Government of Sri Lanka and the families affected by the recent landslides and flooding in various parts of the Island.  We stand in solidarity with ...
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Major General Steven R. Rudder Visit to Sri Lanka

May 15, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 563 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 44.0 KB) Major General Steven R. Rudder, the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for U.S. Pacific Command, concluded his three-day visit to Sri Lanka from May 11-13.  This is the first visit by a senior leader from Pacific Command Headquarters to Sri Lanka, and follows the recent port-call by ...
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Readout of the Meeting of U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power and Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Band

May 11, 2016 U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power met with former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, currently Chairperson of Sri Lanka’s Office of National Unity Reconciliation (ONUR), and Mano Tittawella, Secretary-General for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, on May 11, 2016, at the Sri Lankan Mission to the United Nations in ...
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Rear Admiral Kilrain Visit to Sri Lanka and Maldives

April 26, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 165 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 225 KB) Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC) Rear Admiral Colin J. Kilrain concluded his four-day visit to both the Maldives and Sri Lanka, from April 20-23.  During his visit, RADM Kilrain discussed the future role both the Maldives and Sri Lankan security forces could play in humanitarian ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches the Interview Waiver Program (IWP)

April 11, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 109 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 222 KB) The U.S. Embassy in Colombo today launched the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) for eligible visa applicants.  The program allows eligible applicants to renew their visas without appearing for a personal interview.  IWP may be used only by applicants who have previously traveled to the United States and are ...
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Special Coordinator Todd Buchwald and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Manpreet Anand Conclude Visit to Sri Lanka

April 6, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 147 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 249 KB) Special Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Criminal Justice Todd Buchwald and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand (DAS) concluded a several-day visit to Sri Lanka, during which they met with government and political leaders and civil ...
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USS Blue Ridge to Visit Colombo, Sri Lanka March 26-31, 2016

March 24, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 322 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 118 KB) The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) will arrive in Colombo for a port call March 26, the first visit by a U.S. Navy ship since October 2011.  The visit builds upon last month’s Partnership Dialogue in Washington D.C., where both nations pledged to strengthen ...
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USAID Conference for COPA, COPE MPs Bolsters Good Governance Agenda

March 14, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 208 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 419 KB) Members of Parliament on the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) joined officials from the Ministry of Finance and the Auditor General’s Department for a March 5 conference sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help the Government of Sri ...
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United States Ambassador Extends Condolences on the Passing of the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya

March 10, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 197 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 191 KB) On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the passing away of the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya, Most Venerable Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thero.  I was ...
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U.S. and Sri Lanka Expand Partnership for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

March 10, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 155 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 295 KB) Representatives from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent U.S. development agency, are visiting Sri Lanka this week to begin a partnership to overcome key challenges to economic growth and poverty reduction.  The delegation met with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, and other top cabinet ministers, along ...
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Joint Statement From the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on the Inaugural U.S. – Sri Lanka Partnership

February 29, 2016 The following statement was released by the Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States of America after the first annual U.S. – Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue held on February 26, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Begin Text: Sharing a commitment to democracy, rule of law, and shared prosperity, the United States and ...
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U.S. Embassy Promotes Education in the North

February 29, 2016 Sinhala translation (PDF, 144 kb) Tamil translation (PDF, 204 kb) Senior representatives from the Embassy of the United States of America provided new school facilities and educational opportunities across the Northern Province last week, a sign of continued U.S. commitment to the social welfare of all of the people of Sri Lanka.  Led by Chargé d’Affaires ...
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USAID Helps Polonnaruwa Dairy Farmers Increase Milk Sales

February 23, 2016 Sinhala translation (PDF, 64 kb) Tamil translation (PDF, 104 kb) Representatives from the Embassy of the United States of America and senior Sri Lankan officials presided at the February 18 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between dairy farmers, CIC Dairies, and Milk Industries of Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.  The MoU will help dairy farmers in Polonnaruwa ...
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Open for Business: U.S. Assists Sri Lanka Customs to Develop Trade Potential

February 17, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 330 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 413 KB) Legal experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection collaborated with 20 senior officials from Sri Lanka Customs in Colombo last week on reforming customs procedures to enhance trade.  The effort seeks to improve efficiency and transparency for businesses, allowing Sri Lanka to ...
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Key U.S. Trade Official Michael Delaney Visits Sri Lanka Ahead of Trade Negotiations

February 2, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 744 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 89.9 KB) On February 1, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia Michael J. Delaney visited Colombo and met with government, trade, and business officials ahead of the upcoming Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks in Washington.  Delaney met with Minister of Development Strategy & International Trade Malik Samarawickrema ...
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U.S. Supports Training for Sri Lankan Parliament Staff to Better Serve Constituencies

February 1, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 121 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 291 KB) On January 28-29, 50 Research Assistants from the Sri Lankan Parliament participated in a U.S.-supported workshop to help Members of Parliament better hear and address the concerns of their constituencies.  This training, conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil, is part of the approximately 73 million LKR ($509,000) project ...
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U.S. Officials, Central Province Leaders Launch Modernized American Corner in Kandy

January 26, 2016 Sinhala translation  (PDF 69.4 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 292 KB) The Embassy of the United States of America officially opened the newly renovated American Corner at the D.S. Senanayake Memorial Public Library in Kandy January 26.  Senior U.S. Department of State official Macon Phillips, Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), joined the Mayor of Kandy ...
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U.S. Launches Clean Drinking Water Project for Lhaviyani Atoll

December 21, 2015 The Embassy of the United States of America launched the construction of a new water management system last week in Hinnavaru, Lhaviyani Atoll.  When completed, the system will help ensure safe and high-quality drinking water for 4,700 local islanders.  Reed Aeshliman, Acting Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development ...
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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Visits Sri Lanka

December 21, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 148 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 259 KB) U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for South and Southeast Asia Dr. Amy Searight concluded her three-day visit to Sri Lanka December 17-19.  During her visit, DASD Searight examined the future role Sri Lankan security forces could play in humanitarian assistance, responding to natural disasters, and increased ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Meets Minister of Megapolis and Western Development

December 18, 2015 Read in Sinhala  (PDF 230 KB) Read in Tamil  (PDF 83.7 KB) U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap met today with Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka.  During the meeting, Ambassador Keshap and Minister Ranawaka discussed future infrastructure projects essential to Sri Lanka’s prosperity, energy production and environmental protection, and progress on the development of a new constitution.  Ambassador Keshap ...
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Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Tom Shannon Concludes Visit to Sri Lanka

December 18, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 418 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 304 KB) Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Tom Shannon departed Sri Lanka early yesterday, concluding a three-day visit highlighted by his announcement of the first U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue that will take place in February 2016 in Washington, D.C. During his visit, Ambassador Shannon met with, among others, ...
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Counselor Thomas Shannon Travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

MEDIA NOTE December 10, 2015 Counselor Thomas Shannon Travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka  Ambassador Thomas Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, will travel to Bangladesh December 13-14and Sri Lanka December 14-16. He will be accompanied by Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal in Bangladesh and Deputy Assistant Secretary for South ...
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U.S. Embassy Helps Young Farmers Build Successful Agri-businesses

November 25, 2015 Read in Sinhala  (PDF 276 KB) Read in Tamil  (PDF 181 KB) The Embassy of the United States of America launched the Youth Farmer Development program in Trincomalee last week through a partnership with the Ministry of Provincial Agriculture and Animal Production and Development (Eastern Province), the Office of the Government Agent, CIC Agribusiness, and Hatton National Bank. Managed by ...
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U.S. Trade Show 2015 Showcases Opportunities for U.S.-Sri Lankan Partnerships

November 17, 2015 Sinhala Translation (pdf, 267 kb) Tamil Translation (pdf, 163 kb) Top American companies from a wide variety of sectors are showcasing their products, technologies, and services at U.S. Trade Show 2015 from November 17-18 at the Hotel Galadari in a free event open to the public.  U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and chief guest, Honorable Minister of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Extends Condolences on the Passing of the Venerable Madhuluwawe Sobitha Thero

November 8, 2015 Sinhala Transalation  (PDF 173 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 61.6 KB) On behalf of the men and women of the Embassy of the United States of America, I extend condolences to the people and Government of Sri Lanka on the passing of the Venerable Madhuluwawe Sobitha Thero. The late Thero was respected for his efforts to nurture and protect ...
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Maldives: State of Emergency; Statement by State Department Spokesperson John Kirby

The United States is deeply concerned with recent events in Maldives, including today’s announcement of a state of emergency that curtails vital civil liberties and human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of movement, and safeguards against arbitrary detention and arbitrary and unlawful interference with one’s privacy. The United ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Pays Respects at Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Temple

Sinhala Translation  (PDF 183 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 122 KB) October 31, 2015: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap visited the Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Temple in Colombo on October 29, at the invitation of Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan, grandson of the temple’s founder. During the visit, Ambassador Keshap was privileged to receive sacred “prasad” offerings from the Chief ...
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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Highlights Women’s Roles in Economy and Reconciliation

October 29, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 188 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 287 KB) U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell departed Sri Lanka today after her two-day visit to underscore the strong U.S. commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka.  In meetings with senior government officials, civil society activists, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, and journalists in Colombo and ...
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Ambassador Catherine Russell Travels to Sri Lanka

October 26, 2015 Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell is on travel to Sri Lanka October 27 – 29. While in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Russell will meet with government officials, members of civil society, entrepreneurs, and religious leaders to discuss a broad range of issues, including gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s inclusion ...
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U.S. Embassy Discusses School and Hospital Renovations in South and East

October 23, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 243 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 397 KB) Members of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently traveled to the South and East to survey schools and medical facilities in disaster-prone areas to identify potential infrastructure assistance.  The team visited schools from the Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese communities across the Eastern Province, ...
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U.S. Assistance to Polonnaruwa Factory Boosts Local Jobs and Income

October 22, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 150 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 279 KB) U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap recently visited the facilities of All Focus (Pvt.) Ltd. in Gallella to congratulate the managers and workers for successfully boosting employment in the Polonnaruwa region.  The new facilities and equipment are part of an innovative partnership between the United States Agency for International Development ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap to Head U.S. Delegation to 15th Indian Ocean Rim Association Ministerial

October 20, 2015 United States Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of the Maldives Atul Keshap will lead the U.S. delegation to the 15th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting, held October 20-23, 2015 in Padang, Indonesia. IORA promotes regional collaboration across the Indian Ocean rim ...
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U.S. Underwater Demining Assistance Improves Safety

October 13, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 394 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 407 KB) The U.S. Navy recently concluded a two-week training session in Trincomalee to equip and support Sri Lanka’s underwater demining efforts.  Working with scan sonars and robots donated by the U.S. Navy, the Sri Lankan Navy enhanced its ability to search, locate, and provide information on any unknown items ...
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U.S. Announces Increased Funding for Demining in Sri Lanka

October 8, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 358 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 292 KB) In a meeting today with Honorable Minister D.M. Swaminathan, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap announced an additional $1.745 million (245 million LKR) for demining activities of international and domestic partners and the National Mine Action Committee (NMAC) under the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement, and Hindu Religious Affairs.  In total, ...
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U.S. Continues Support for Sri Lankan Cultural and Religious Heritage

October 5, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 366 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 315 KB) As part of its continuing efforts to preserve Sri Lanka’s cultural and religious heritage, the Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce new grants totaling $300,000 (42.1 million LKR) to help restore the ancient Buddhist Rajagala Monastery and improve preservation of artifacts at the ...
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U.S. 2017 Green Card Lottery Begins

October 1, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 297 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 474 KB) The U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program. Also known as the “Green Card” Lottery, the program will be open for on-line registration from October 1, 2015 to November 3, 2015.  The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery allows randomly ...
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U.S. and Sri Lanka to Bolster Rule of Law

September 29, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 73.2 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 375 KB) The United States and Sri Lanka today agreed to implement a $2.6 million program to enhance the capabilities of Sri Lanka’s criminal justice authorities to investigate and prosecute complex crimes, and improve delivery of justice for all citizens. “A fair and equitable justice system goes to the heart ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Resolution on Sri Lanka at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (September 24, 2015)

Today the United States, Sri Lanka, and our partners tabled a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that represents a landmark shared recognition of the critical importance of truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence in promoting reconciliation and ensuring an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans. The Sri Lankan ...
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U.S. Embassy Empowers Youth to Improve Local Communities

September 21, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 147 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 506 KB) The United States awarded nearly $150,000 (approximately LKR 21,000,000) to 16 civil society organizations as part of the U.S. Embassy’s annual Youth Empowerment Grants, an innovative way to provide seed funding for up-and-coming groups working on solutions to problems affecting youth across Sri Lanka. “This year’s International Day ...
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USAID Launches Successful Water Access Programs in East

September 17, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 307 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 63.0 KB) The United States is providing people across the Eastern Province with better access to water for drinking and farming, launching three separate projects this week in Batticaloa and Ampara through its development arm, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “Through projects big and small, the United ...
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U.S. Embassy Encourages U.S. Businesses to Expand Trade and Investment

On September 10, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap briefed a visiting delegation of U.S. business executives about opportunities to expand trade and investment between the U.S. and Sri Lanka.  In his remarks to the visiting executives, Ambassador Keshap urged their companies to seize the “golden moment of opportunity” in Sri Lanka, and highlighted the enormous potential for ...
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USAID Project Garners Prestigious International Energy Award

September 10, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 204 KB) Tamil Transalation  (PDF 201 KB) Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) this week received the prestigious 2015 Energy Globe National Award to celebrate its work on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resource conservation initiatives.  The project was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and USAID Mission Director Elisabeth Kvitashvili ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Visits Temple of the Tooth, Pays Respects to Chief Prelates

September 9, 2015 U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap made his first official visit outside of Colombo to Kandy today, visiting Sri Dalada Maligawa and paying his respects to the Most Venerable Galagama Sri Aththadassi Mahanayake Thero of the Asgiriya Chapter, Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thero of the Malwatta Chapter, and Most Venerable Napana ...
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Sinhala and Tamil New Year: Statement by Secretary Kerry

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I join you in celebrating the Sri Lankan New Year. The past year’s accomplishments have been historic, demonstrating the deep commitment of the Sri Lankan people for reconciliation, tolerance and peace. I offer my best wishes for a happy New Year and continued success as you ...
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