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  • U.S. Embassy Continues Demining Assistance

    U.S. Embassy Continues Demining Assistance

    February 24, 2015: Lieutenant Dave Chesson from the U.S. Embassy delivered donated equipment today to assist with demining efforts in the former war-affected areas of Sri Lanka.

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    Statement by President Obama on the Election in SL

    January 9, 2015: On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the successful and peaceful conclusion of Sri Lanka’s presidential election and incoming President Maithripala Sirisena on his victory.

  • Conclusion of Sri Lankan Elections

    Conclusion of Sri Lankan Elections

    January 8, 2015: Statement by Secretary Kerry on Conclusion of Sri Lankan Elections and Election of Maithripala Sirisena.

  • USAID Visits Shelter For Koslanda Landslide Victims

    USAID Visits Shelter For Koslanda Landslide Victims

    November 18, 2014: Mission Director Sherry Carlin from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited today the Poonagala Tea Factory camp that houses victims of the recent Koslanda landslide.

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  • Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Male 2/27/2015

    Feburary 24, 2015: The former President of Maldives and its current Opposition Leader, Mohamed Nasheed, was arrested February 22, 2015 in Malé by the Maldives Police. At the time of his arrest, a large group of protestors in Malé clashed with the police, who responded with tear gas and pepper spray. Nasheed’s supporters have scheduled a major demonstration in Malé for Friday, February 27, and travelers are urged to avoid the area of the protests during this period. 

  • Statement by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal Colombo – Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

    February 4, 2015: It was a privilege to visit Colombo to witness for myself the sense of excitement and optimism that the Sri Lankan people have ushered in through the historic January 8 election. In my meetings with government, civil society, private sector, and political parties, I heard a consistent message of hope about translating this promise into a brighter reality for all Sri Lankans. 

  • Statement by Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal at Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    February 2, 2015: The United States stands with Sri Lanka. Our friendship dates back generations. Since Sri Lanka's independence the United States has provided more than $2 billion in assistance, and no country in the world buys more Sri Lankan products than the United States. We look forward to growing and deepening our partnership, to advancing trade and investment, and to expanding the bonds between our people, our governments, and our civil societies and our businesses. 

  • Media Note: Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Travel to Sri Lanka

    January 31, 2015: Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 2–3. Joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Atul Keshap, she will review bilateral and regional issues with the new Sri Lankan government, civil society and religious leaders, and other officials. This will be the first visit to Sri Lanka by a senior State Department official since national elections were held earlier this month.  

  • Statement by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal in Malé – Republic of Maldives

    December 17, 2014: I have just concluded a brief but productive visit to Maldives. My meetings with President Yameen, Foreign Minister Maumoon, and Defense Minister Nazim, as well as meetings with groups of women government officials and civil society leaders, all demonstrated to me the strong potential of our relationship. 

  • No Conspiracy of Silence: Ending Violence against Women

    December 9, 2014: No Conspiracy of Silence: Ending Violence against Women - Op-Ed by Sherry Carlin, Mission Director, USAID Sri Lanka & Maldives 

  • Ambassador Michele J. Sison's Remarks at the National Peace Council’s Citizens Peace Award Ceremony 2014

    November 8, 2014: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that “returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”  

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  • Remarks by Secretary Kerry, Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera Before Their Meeting

    February 12, 2015: SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. It’s my great pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister Samaraweera from Sri Lanka. And this is an exciting moment for all of us here because Sri Lanka on January 8th had an historic election in which there has been really a vote for change, a vote to move Sri Lanka in a new direction, to open up greater accountability and possibility for the preservation of human rights, for democracy, for fighting corruption and putting together a government that will speak for and to the people. 

  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on the Occasion of the 67th Anniversary of Sri Lankan Independence

    February 5, 2015: We all know democracy is a work in progress. You have to look no further than America’s own journey to see that fact. We marched for civil rights and risked life and limb so all peoples could finally enjoy the right to vote. We still struggle with questions of race and economic opportunity. And we continue to work towards a more inclusive democracy to this very day. 

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