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  • Ambassador Sison’s Remarks to the Foreign Correspondents Association

    April 3, 2014: The United States remains firmly committed to working with the people of Sri Lanka to build a future in which all of Sri Lanka’s citizens can achieve their aspirations. At the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the international community addressed urgent human rights issues throughout the world. 

  • Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka: Remarks of Ambassador Michele J. Sison

    March 28, 2014: The message from the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is clear: the international community has spoken, and urges the Government of Sri Lanka to take meaningful, concrete steps on reconciliation and accountability. 

  • US Government Concerned Over Detention of Human Rights Defenders

    March 17, 2014: The United States Government is concerned about the arrests and detention of several well-known Sri Lankan human rights defenders and activists over the past week. We urge Sri Lankan government authorities to ensure that all those detained are given transparent and due legal process, including full access to legal counsel.  

  • Ambassador Sison's Remarks at All World Network Event

    March 6, 2014: Last October, a group of prominent Sri Lankan businessmen traveled to the United States as “Business Ambassadors” under a program we at the US Embassy organized, in conjunction  

  • Ambassador Sison's Remarks for Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association Event

    February 22, 2014: For the past 88 year, Girl Guides has been celebrating World Thinking Day. I am so proud to see that tradition is strong here in Sri Lanka. Connecting through the global community of Girl Guides has always been part of the program. You are part of such an important movement! 

  • United States Military Trains and Demines the North

    February 7, 2014: The United States Pacific Army’s fourth Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) team concluded its three week training program in Vavuniya today. This intensive “train-the-trainers” program ran from January 27 – February 7 at the Boo-Oya army camp, and during this time, the United States Army’s team of medical, veterinarian, and explosive ordnance specialists worked alongside the Sri Lanka Army Humanitarian Demining Unit to train new deminers and re-certify current deminers as part of the Sri Lanka Army Engineers’ curriculum.  

  • Transcript of Press Conference by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal

    February 1, 2014: Over the last two days I have had frank discussions with the government, with opposition, and with civil society representatives in Colombo and in Jaffna. It has been terrific to meet so many Sri Lankans who care so deeply about their country. 

More News from Washington

  • 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.  

  • Statement by Secretary Kerry Regarding Significant Reductions of Iranian Crude Oil Purchases

    November 29, 2013: As President Obama has made clear, the United States will continue to vigorously implement our existing sanctions on Iran as the P5+1 seeks to negotiate a comprehensive deal with Iran that will resolve the international community’s concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program.  

  • Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Swearing-in Ceremony for Nisha Desai Biswal as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs

    November 21, 2013: SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you all for coming. This is by far one of the best parts of this job, is when you get to recognize extraordinary talent and you see families and friends, colleagues, people come together to celebrate extraordinary talent and service to our country. So I’m thrilled to be here and I apologize to all of you that we’re running just a little bit behind. We had an overflow event with the Vice Premier of China a few minutes ago and everybody got carried away with the event, as we will here, so we’ll be a little late somewhere else.  

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