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  • Rainwater Harvesting Forum’s 11th Symposium

    Rainwater Harvesting Forum’s 11th Symposium

    September 5, 2014: Ambassador Michele J. Sison's Remarks at the Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum’s 11th Symposium.

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  • P. Sathiyalingam, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Northern Provincial Council, and U.S. Embassy Colombo Political Chief Michael Honigstein planting a mango sapling to mark the opening of the hospital.

    New Hospital for Poonaryn in Kilinochchi District

    August 29, 2014: The Northern Provincial Council Ministry of Health opened the Poonaryn Divisional Hospital on Wednesday,August 27, 2014.

  • U.S. assists Rajagala Buddhist monastery

    U.S. assists Rajagala Buddhist monastery

    May 12, 2014: Ambassador Michele J. Sison toured the Rajagala Buddhist monastery archeological site with Department of Archaeology senior officials on May 9, 2014. Expert conservation work at this heritage site is being performed thanks to a U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation grant of 13 million rupees ($100,000).

  •  Ambassador Celebrates Earth Day with Girl Guides

    Ambassador Celebrates Earth Day with Girl Guides

    April 22, 2014: To celebrate Earth Day 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison met with Sri Lankan Girl Guides as they launched their "Earth Day Ambassadors" program. Sixty girls from Girl Guides chapters in Jaffna, Kandy and Colombo were selected to be “Earth Day Ambassadors”.

  • Secretary Kerry

    Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s Message

    April 12, 2014: "On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer warmest greetings to the people of Sri Lanka and the vibrant global Sri Lankan diaspora."


More Embassy News

  • Ambassador Sison's Remarks for National Peace Council: Inter-Religious National Symposium on Reconciling Inter-Religious and Inter-Ethnic Differences

    September 8, 2014: I am delighted to be here at this symposium, and welcome the opportunity to hear of best practices and success stories from the District Inter-religious Reconciliation Committees' work island-wide. The description of the DIRC significant stories, and the discussion of the role of religious and civil communities in building peaceful societies has been extremely interesting and useful. 

  • Speech by DCM Andrew C. Mann at USAID/JSAC Handover Ceremony

    September 4, 2014: This is my second posting in Sri Lanka, and I visited Jaffna several times between 1997-2001. I am happy to be back. There have been significant changes since my last visit. What has not changed, I’m proud to say, is the United States’ strong support for the welfare of the Sri Lankan people. It is my privilege to be here today as USAID and the Jaffna Social Action Center hand over two community halls and a fish auction hall to facilitate local commercial activities.  

  • New U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Application System

    September 4, 2014: The United States Embassy in Colombo is transitioning to a new online appointment service for the non-immigrant visas starting September 7, 2014. The new process is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly and has been implemented at U.S. embassies worldwide.  

  • United States Support for Sri Lankan Cultural Preservation

    August 8, 2014: The U.S. Embassy welcomed Dr. Martin Perschler, Director of the State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), to Sri Lanka this week for a series of engagements with Sri Lankan cultural heritage preservation professionals, including visits to AFCP-funded projects in Rajagala, Batticaloa, and Anuradhapura. Dr. Perschler’s visit signifies the longstanding U.S. support for preserving Sri Lanka’s unique archaeological sites and cultural heritage.  

  • U.S. Embassy Concerned by Meeting Disruption, Calls for Government to Enforce Rule of Law

    August 4, 2014: On August 4 a meeting that included U.S. Embassy officials was interrupted by angry protesters, including a group of monks. The mob forced its way into the meeting on the grounds of a Colombo Catholic church, where families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were sharing their stories with civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community. The U.S. Embassy is concerned that the initial reaction of the local police to this disruption appeared to be in support of the mob efforts to shut down the meeting, though after discussions with diplomatic officials the police did effectively calm the situation.  

  • Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Sherry F. Carlin at Temple Trees Ceremony to Accept Sacred Buddha Relics

    July 28, 2014: It is my great privilege to represent the United States Embassy at this celebration of Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage. I am deeply honored to welcome these Sacred Relics of the Buddha as they arrive from Ambalanthota, and to convey our national honor in welcoming these relics to the Missouri Buddhist Meditation Center in the United States. 

  • U.S. Embassy Concerns on Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

    July 28, 2014, Colombo: The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation of training participants and other journalists around the country, including threats against at least one journalist who made a statement criticizing the government over the cancellation. This marks the third training session to be canceled in Sri Lanka since May, including others that were disrupted by well-organized protestors threatening harm to the training participants. 

More News from Washington

  • Concerns Regarding Sri Lankan NGO Freedom of Expression: Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson

    July 8, 2014: The United States is concerned by reports that the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense has ordered registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups to cease their media engagements and activities. This order undermines Sri Lanka’s longstanding and proud democratic traditions, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. We strongly urge the Government of Sri Lanka to allow civil society organizations and NGOs, which play a vital role in supporting Sri Lanka’s democratic values, to operate freely. 

  • Media Note: U.S. Department of State Sports Envoys Edna Campbell and Tamika Williams Travel to Sri Lanka

    April 18, 2014: From April 21-25, former WNBA players Tamika Williams and Edna Campbell will visit Sri Lanka as State Department Sports Envoys. Williams and Campbell will teach basketball skills with a focus on empowerment of girls and with an emphasis on teamwork and cross-cultural communication. 

  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden

    March 27, 2014: The United States welcomes today’s passage of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on “promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka, ” which calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to take meaningful action to ensure justice, accountability, and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans. 

  • UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation: Statement by Secretary Kerry

    March 27, 2014: Today’s vote in the UN Human Rights Council sends a clear message: the time to pursue lasting peace and prosperity is now; justice and accountability cannot wait.  

  • Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal (State Dept.)
    Assistant Secretary of State Biswal Travel to Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Switzerland

    January 28, 2014: Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Sri Lanka January 31-February 2. Assistant Secretary Biswal will meet with Sri Lankan officials to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues. During her visit Assistant Secretary Biswal will also travel to Jaffna, where she will meet with Northern Provincial Council officials and civil society leaders.  

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