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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney’s Remarks for TIFA Intersessional

Good Morning. I want thank the government of Sri Lanka, particularly minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Honorable Mr Malik Samarawickrama for hosting this intersessional meeting today.  As a relatively small island economy, Sri Lanka’s economy depends, to a considerable extent, on international external trade. As has been mentioned, the U.S. has been Sri ...
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Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun M. Kumar’s Introductory Remarks for TIFA Intersessional

Thank you to the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Honorable Malik Samarawickrema. I would also like to thank my colleagues from the U.S. government here today. Ambassador Keshap – thank you for hosting us.  Mike [Delaney] – as always, it is great to work with you. I’m excited to be here representing the ...
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USAF strengthens historic American ties to Jaffna: Op-ed by Ambassador Atul Keshap

The first American missionaries arrived in Jaffna in 1813, when the Rev. Samuel Newell founded the first American schools in Thellipalai. Those schools were the first of hundreds of schools and medical centers that provided for the people of northern Sri Lanka.  Continuing this deep connection between our two nations, this week Jaffna is welcoming ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap at the National Trade Portal and Single Window Best Practices Forum

Full Remarks (As Delivered) Let me welcome all of the senior government officials, private sector representatives, ladies and gentlemen.  On behalf of the Government and the people of the United States, I want to welcome all of you to the National Trade Portal and Single Window Best Practices Forum.  I particularly want to thank Honorable ...
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Progress and Promise: Building Sri Lanka’s Economic Future – Remarks by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal on Sri Lanka’s Economic Potential

[As delivered] Good evening. I have not been keeping track how often I’ve been coming to Sri Lanka until I saw the papers when I landed, which noted this is my sixth visit in twenty months. It is wonderful to be back here in Colombo, and wonderful to see so many distinguished friends, Ministers, and ...
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Remarks to Press by A/S Nisha Biswal and A/S Tom Malinowski following discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Sinhala Translation Tamil Translation Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal Thank you Mr. Minister for the very warm and gracious welcome, and also for the very productive meeting that we’ve had today.  This visit and this meeting builds on a tremendous trajectory of partnership between our two countries and enumerated some of the key touch points of that relationship, including last ...
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Remarks to Press by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski following discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samara

July 12, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 776 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 246 KB) Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal Thank you Mr. Minister for the very warm and gracious welcome, and also for the very productive meeting that we’ve had today.  This visit and this meeting builds on a tremendous trajectory of partnership between our two countries and enumerated some of the key ...
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U.S.-Sri Lankan Relations at a Historic High: July 4th Message by U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap

July 4, 2016 Each year on July 4th, Americans all around the world gather with friends and family to celebrate our Independence Day, honoring the date in 1776 when our country’s founders gathered in Philadelphia to imagine a self-governing democracy where all people, having been created equal, would be entitled to life and liberty, and ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap’s Remarks at 177th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

June 28, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 137 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 90.8 KB) [As prepared] Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m delighted to join you for the 177th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the country’s oldest and most influential business organization.  It is my great honor to be chosen as your chief guest. I would like to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Keshap at Right to Information (RTI) Interactive Dialogue Launch

May 16, 2016, Water’s Edge Hotel, Colombo Sinhala Translation  (PDF 1.1 MB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 64.1 KB) Honorable Minister, Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor to address this gathering as you discuss the creation of a Right to Information bill designed to enhance citizens’ access to transparency and insight about their government. Any democracy requires that government ...
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Opening Remarks by Ambassador Atul Keshap at a Constitutionalism Seminar

March 29, 2016, Water’s Edge, Colombo Sinhala translation  (PDF 479 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 27.8 KB) Thank you so very much to all of you for attending.  Honorable and respected Prime Minister, Honorable and respected Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished and Honorable Ministers and Members of Parliament, resource persons; distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. I wish you a very hearty ...
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If Women Succeed, Society Succeeds: Op-ed by Ambassador Atul Keshap on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 78.8 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 494 KB) International Women’s Day began as an annual tradition more than 100 years ago initially as a way to honor women’s role in labor, advocate for political rights, and end discrimination in the workplace.  Every year on March 8, people around the world reflect on the progress women have ...
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U.S. Under Secretary of State (designate) Thomas Shannon’s speech at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies.

December 16, 2015 Sinhala translation  (PDF 97.2 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 95.5 KB) Good morning, and to all of you Ayubowan, Vanakkam. Thank you for being here. It’s a tremendous honor and a great pleasure to be here today. Thank you, Mr. Minister, for your very kind introduction.  To be at this respected institute, named in honor of the late and ...
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Remarks by U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs-Designate Thomas Shannon on USG Assistance in the Eastern Province Trincomalee

December 15, 2015 Sinhala translation  (PDF 904 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 62.1 KB) I want to acknowledge the Eastern Province Governor, Ambassador Kariyawasm, the Opposition Leader, and the Chief Minister. This is my first visit to Sri Lanka and my first visit to South Asia.  We arrived last evening.  This morning I had the great pleasure of looking out to a ...
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Remarks to Press by Under Secretary of State (designate) Ambassador Thomas Shannon after Meeting with Foreign Minister Samaraweera

December 14, 2015 Sinhala Translation  (PDF 904 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 42.5 KB) I am happy to be in Sri Lanka for my first visit during this time of progress and opportunity.  Sri Lanka is moving forward, and its leaders and people are now working together to usher in reforms to put the country on the long-term path to peace, stability, ...
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Readout of the Meeting between Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Sri Lankan Opposition Leader R. Sam

November 23, 2015 Ambassador Power met with Sri Lankan Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan on November 23, 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ambassador Power congratulated Mr. Sampanthan on his historic appointment as opposition leader and praised his engagement with the Sirisena administration to address long-standing aspirations of Tamil communities, including demilitarization of the north and east, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Town Hall with Sri Lankan Youth.

November 23, 2015 Sinhala translation  (PDF 151 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 134 KB) AMBASSADOR POWER: Thank you so much, all of you, for being here. Thank you, Dharisha. And let me say the – there is a mutual admiration society that we can create, because, as all of you know, Dharisha is a very distinguished journalist. And what’s most impressive about ...
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Readout of the Meeting between Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wic

November 23, 2015 Ambassador Power met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on November 23, 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ambassador Power congratulated Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on reforms initiated so far to restore the pillars of democracy, release prisoners, resettle displaced persons, create an accountability mechanism for past abuses, and consult broadly across society ...
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Readout of the Meeting between Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Si

November 23, 2015 Ambassador Power met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on November 23, 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ambassador Power relayed President Obama’s warm greetings and thanked President Sirisena for his early steps to restore the key pillars of democracy, to reestablish good governance in support of economic growth, and to ‎foster reconciliation ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at Osmania College in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

November 22, 2015 Sinhala translation  (PDF 67.3 KB) Tamil translation  (PDF 133 KB) Vanakkam! Thank you, Minister Gurukularaja for that kind introduction. Thank you, Principal Ashraf, for inviting me to visit your marvellous College.  And thank you Chief Minister Wigneswaram for finding the time to join us today. Thanks to all of you for having me! It is an honor and really a wonderful ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at Uthayan Newspaper Headquarters in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

November 22, 2015 Hello, everybody. I’m also a former journalist. I represent a president in President Obama who believes in every fiber of his being of the importance of the press holding government accountable. And every one of you who has any role in putting this paper out day, after day, after day is playing ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Press Availability Following a Bilateral Meeting with

November 21, 2015 Sinhala translation  (PDF 1.2 MB) Tamil translation  (PDF 91.5 KB) Mr. Minister, it’s wonderful to be here in Sri Lanka. I just touched down a few hours ago and I already feel immersed in the warmth and hospitality of your dynamic country – your dynamic and welcoming people. You reminded me in our meeting that we only met ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap’s Speech at 240th Marine Ball

November 14, 2015 Honorable Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, Your Excellency the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, High Commissioner of South Africa Geoff Doidge and Mrs. Doidge, General and Mrs. Banta, American Embassy colleagues and family members, members of the Colombo American community, and all distinguished guests, I bid you all a very good evening. I am ...
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