Eastern Province Meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State: Journalists ask questions over coverage restrictions

Eastern Province Meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State: Journalists ask questions over coverage restrictions

Eastern Province Meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State: Journalists ask questions over coverage restrictions

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jul, 2016 | 8:37 pm

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and the US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour Tom Malinowski who are currently on an official visit in Sri Lanka toured the Eastern Province on Thursday, July 14.

US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal and her delegation first visited the Koneswaram Kovil in Trincomalee. She was welcomed by Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando.

Nisha Biswal was accompanied by US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, Tom Malinowski and Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Sri Lanka Robert Hilton.

The delegation thereafter took part in a special pooja. Following their visit to the Koneswaram Kovil, the US Assistant Secretary of State and her delegation attended a luncheon at Governor Austin Fernando’s official residence, which was followed by a cordial discussion.

Later in the afternoon, US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal arrived at the Eastern Province Provincial Council where she was received by Chief Minister Hafeez Nazeer Ahamed. Thereafter, she held a discussion with members of the Eastern Provincial Council.

The media however were not allowed to cover the discussion. Subsequent to the meeting, a media briefing was convened by Chief Minister Hafeez Nazeer Ahamed to elaborate on the discussion that was held.

Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, Hafeez Nazeer Ahamed stated that no discussions should be held in order to implement the 13th amendment and if there consists any constitutional reforms it has to be done without any delay.

Responding to journalists on why meetings with the US Assistant Secretary of State were restricted to the media, he added that there were no any secrets since all parties, party leaders and ministers from TNA, UNP, UPFA and Muslim Congress all were present.

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