Written by Staff Writer
04 Feb, 2015 | 4:24 pm
US Assistant Secretary of State, Nisha Biswal says it was a privilege to visit Colombo and witness for herself the sense of excitement and optimism that the Sri Lankan people have ushered in through the historic January 8 Election.
Issuing a statement at the conclusion of her three day visit, Biswal noted that in her meetings with government, civil society, private sector, and political parties, she heard a consistent message of hope about translating this promise into a brighter reality for all Sri Lankans.
Biswal says that she had very productive conversations with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Urban Development Minister Rauff Hakeem, and State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene.
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs adds that in her conversation with the TNA leadership she heard their perspective for meaningful progress on reconciliation and political inclusion to ensure a peaceful, prosperous future for their constituents within Sri Lanka.
Adding that there remains a lot of work to be done, Biswal says that the United States looks forward to partnering with the Sri Lankan people to address the challenges and help Sri Lanka realize its true potential.
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