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  • Ambassador Promotes U.S.-Sri Lanka Economic Ties

    Ambassador Promotes U.S.-Sri Lanka Economic Ties

    On Tuesday, September 29th, Ambassador Atul Keshap met with Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to promote closer U.S.-Sri Lanka economic relations.

  • “Our commitment to strengthening our economic partnership is long standing and has never wavered,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap at the 23rd Annual AmCham General Meeting.

    Speech by Ambassador Keshap at the AmCham Meeting

    Thank you, Asanka, for that kind introduction and for the invitation to join everyone here this evening for AmCham’s 23rd annual general membership meeting. I’d like to begin by congratulating the newly elected and re-elected members and officers of the AmCham Board of Directors.

  • U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and Acting Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva agree to $2.6 million in U.S. assistance to help bolster rule of law in Sri Lanka.

    U.S. and Sri Lanka to Bolster Rule of Law

    September 29, 2015: The United States and Sri Lanka today agreed to implement a $2.6 million program to enhance the capabilities of Sri Lanka’s criminal justice authorities to investigate and prosecute complex crimes, and improve delivery of justice for all citizens.

  • Secretary Kerry Poses for a Photo With Sri Lankan President Sirisena Before Their Meeting in New York City (State Dept.)

    Secretary Kerry Meets President Sirisena

    September 27, 2015: Secretary John Kerry met with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the UNGA Session in New York.

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    UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka

    September 24, 2015: Today the United States, Sri Lanka, and our partners tabled a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that represents a landmark shared recognition of the critical importance...


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  • U.S. 2017 Green Card Lottery Begins

    October 01, 2015: The U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program. Also known as the “Green Card” Lottery, the program will be open for on-line registration from October 1, 2015 to November 3, 2015. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity to interview for an immigrant visa, and if qualified, become legal permanent residents of the United States.  

  • Ambassador Atul Keshap with Hon. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya
    Ambassador Keshap calls on the Speaker

    September 18, 2015: Ambassador Atul Keshap met with Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, 20th Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka today. He enjoyed lunch hosted by the Hon. Jayasuriya and the warm discussion on US-Sri Lanka ties. 

  • Anagarika Dharmapala Commemoration
    Anagarika Dharmapala Commemoration

    September 17, 2015: Ambassador Atul Keshap joined Buddhist Monks and other religious clergy today to mark the 151st birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala at the Maha Bodhi Society in Colombo. Anagarika Dharmapala was a key figure in the Buddhist revival in the 19th century and had many admirers in America. 

  • USAID Launches Successful Water Access Programs
    USAID Launches Successful Water Access Programs

    September 17, 2015: The United States is providing people across the Eastern Province with better access to water for drinking and farming, launching three separate projects this week in Batticaloa and Ampara through its development arm, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

  • U.S. Embassy Encourages U.S. Businesses
    U.S. Embassy Encourages U.S. Businesses

    On September 10, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap briefed a visiting delegation of U.S. business executives about opportunities to expand trade and investment between the U.S. and Sri Lanka.  

  • Ambassador Atul Keshap paying homage to the Sacred Tooth Relics at the Sri Dalada Maligawa.
    Ambassador Atul Keshap Visits Kandy

    September 9, 2015: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap made his first official visit outside of Colombo to Kandy today, visiting Sri Dalada Maligawa and paying his respects to Chief Prelates. 

  • Transcript of Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski's Press Interview with Journalists in Trincomalee (August 27, 2015)

    Press: So, it says that the UNHRC process and the United States’ [impact] on the government was probably also one of the reasons people were pushed into the brink of changing that government because that’s the level of resentment they had towards them. But would that kind of pressure, momentum continue into pushing this government to ensure resettlement, reconciliation, issues like that? 

More News from Washington

  • Statement by Secretary Kerry: Resolution on Sri Lanka at the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

    September 24, 2015: Today the United States, Sri Lanka, and our partners tabled a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that represents a landmark shared recognition of the critical importance of truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence in promoting reconciliation and ensuring an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans. [Sinhala Translation] [Tamil Translation] 

  • Statement given by Spokesperson John Kirby on Maldives, during Daily Press Briefing on August 25, 2015

    August 25, 2015: On the Maldives, the United States is disturbed by the Government of Maldives’ recent late-night transfer of former President Nasheed back to prison. Former President Nasheed is serving a sentence imposed after a trial that was conducted in a manner contrary to Maldivian law and Maldives’ international obligations to provide the minimum fair trial guarantees and other protections under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 

  • 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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