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  • 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”.

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    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."

  • Ambassador Sison with Mayor of Kandy Mahendra Ratwatte and the cricket teams from Kandy and Jaffna.

    US Ambassador’s Cup Cricket Tournament

    April 7, 2014: U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison sponsored the first-ever US Ambassador’s Cup Cricket Tournament in Kandy this past weekend, with teams from American Corner youth groups from Kandy and in Jaffna playing for the US Ambassador’s Cup trophy.

  • Ambassador Sison delivering her remarks at the International Women’s Day event held at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo.

    Celebrating International Women’s Day

    March 5, 2014: Ambassador Sison’s Remarks at the International Women’s Day Event Hosted by Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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  • Iftar Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires William Weinstein

    July 15, 2014: The idea of joining diplomats and members of the community to celebrate Iftar might seem strange to some. But, we in the U.S. have a long tradition of diplomats celebrating Iftar, going back as far as two centuries ago when Thomas Jefferson held our first recorded Iftar with the Ambassador from Tunisia at sunset.  

  • Ambassador's Remarks for Independence Day Reception

    July 4, 2014: July 4 is the occasion on which Americans celebrate the date in 1776 our Declaration of Independence was first read aloud. July 4 is a special day on which we Americans remember our proud history. Our forefathers sacrificed much -- in some cases their lives -- to preserve the example of freedom and democracy that we Americans enjoy today. On the 4th of July, we honor those Americans who lived and died by the words immortalized in our Declaration of Independence 238 years ago:  

  • Transcript of Deputy Assistant Secretary Atul Keshap's interview with Dharisha Bastians

    June 20, 2014: But, I think the main purpose of my visit was to see, you know, how much progress Sri Lanka is making as a society, a government people society, path towards national reconciliation, and putting a definitive end to the conflict and forging a society that is reconciled, peaceful, democratic, prosperous, inclusive, and firmly dedicated to human rights for all, irrespective of religious identity, ethnic identity, region, or anything else. 

  • Ambassador Sison's Remarks at Opening Ceremony of “Women’s Space in the Political Arena” at Batticaloa

    June 20, 2014: The U.S. State Department, through Ambassador Russell’s office, promotes the status of women and girls worldwide as a critical element of our U.S. diplomatic efforts. We believe that peace, security, prosperity, and economic growth cannot be achieved without the full participation of women, and that men and boys are important partners in this effort, as well. Whether we are striving to advance women’s political and economic participation, or end sexual and gender-based violence, we must work together, at all levels, to protect the rights of women and girls, and to achieve lasting gender equality. 

  • State Department Statement on Sri Lanka’s Violence

    June 17, 2014: The United States also condemns the continuing violence in Sri Lanka. We are concerned by inflammatory rhetoric that has incited violence in recent days, resulting in several deaths, scores of injuries, and destruction of personal property. We urge the Sri Lankan Government to fulfill its obligations to protect religious minorities, including protecting all citizens and places of worship, conducting a full investigation into the violence, and bringing those responsible to justice. We also urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. The United States Government continues to stand by the many millions of Sri Lankans who want a peaceful and unified country. 

  • U.S. Embassy Statement on Aluthgama & Beruwela Violence

    June 16, 2014: The U.S. Embassy condemns the violence that has spread over the weekend in Aluthgama and Beruwela. We urge the government to ensure that order is preserved and the lives of all citizens, places of worship, and property are protected. We urge the authorities to investigate these attacks and bring those responsible to justice. We also urge all sides to refrain from violence, exercise restraint, and respect the rule of law. [Sinhala] [Tamil]  

  • Ambassador Sison's Remarks at Rajagala AFCP Project Ceremony

    May 9, 2014: It is my great pleasure to be here today to celebrate our partnership to conserve and restore one of the great archeological treasures of Sri Lanka -- the remains of the ancient Rajagala Meditation Monastery complex. Through the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, we were able to award $100,000 through our grants competition. This absolutely magnificent complex covers over 400 hectares and was built between 116 and 109 B.C. We are so very honored to be partnering with you on this important project. 

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.  

  • 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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