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  • Pui Man Wong from the U.S. Embassy and Government Agent P.S.M. Charles discuss how USAID projects can better collaborate with local government. (Photo by U.S. Embassy)

    Villages in Batticaloa receive clean water

    March 19, 2015: The United States inaugurated today a clean water assistance program for at-risk communities in the Batticaloa district. Government Agent for Batticaloa Ms. P.S.M. Charles also attended the ceremony.

  • Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran warmly welcomes Chargé d'Affaires Andrew Mann and USAID Acting Mission Director Michael Eddy

    U.S. Embassy Visit Emphasizes Commitment

    Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew C. Mann visited leaders in the Northern Province to explore opportunities for further support and reiterate the United States’ strong friendship with the people of Sri Lanka and overall commitment to a peaceful and united country.

  • 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.

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  • United States Extends Condolences on the Passing Away of the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter

    April 9, 2015: The United States extends its heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the passing away of the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter, Most Venerable Aggamahapanditha Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Rathanapala Thero. Sri Lankans and Americans who knew him respected the late Mahanayake’s ceaseless efforts to improve the lives of all Sri Lankans through his exemplary life and the teachings of the Buddha he expounded.  

  • Remarks by Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the Forum on Women’s Role in Post-War Reconciliation

    April 2, 2015: For 30 years, Sri Lanka endured such a conflict. You experienced here some of the evils that now bedevil other deeply troubled parts of the world – including terrorism, driven by a fanatical ideology, employing suicide bombing, hurting most of all the people it falsely claimed to defend.  

  • U.S. Statement On Trial And Sentencing Of Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

    March 14, 2015: The United States is concerned with the apparent lack of appropriate criminal procedures during the trial in Maldives against former President Mohamed Nasheed, who was found guilty yesterday and sentenced to 13 years in prison. 

  • 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.  

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  • Sinhala and Tamil New Year: Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry

    April 10, 2015: On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our warmest greetings to the people of Sri Lanka and the vibrant global Sri Lankan diaspora. 

  • 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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