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  • Asst. Secretary Nisha Biswal meets President Sirisena

    Asst. Secretary Nisha Biswal meets President Sirisena

    Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal meets President Sirisena on August 25th during her visit with Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski to Sri Lanka, where she affirmed U.S. support for the leadership, the vision and the commitment that he has put forward on where he is leading the country.

  • Assistant Secretaries Visit to Sri Lanka

    Assistant Secretaries Visit to Sri Lanka

    Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski, and U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap enjoy Sri Lanka’s beautiful scenery. The August visit by the assistant secretaries brought a message of U.S. partnership and role to support greater opportunity for all Sri Lankans.

  • U.S.-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations

    U.S.-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations

    Productive discussions on U.S.-Sri Lanka bilateral relations with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during visit of Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

  • Ambassador Atul Keshap meets PM Wickremesinghe

    Ambassador Atul Keshap meets PM Wickremesinghe

    August 25, 2015: Ambassador Atul Keshap yesterday congratulated Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for the peaceful elections and spoke in support of advancing U.S.-Sri Lanka bilateral partnership.

  • U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap presents his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena while Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Ms. Chitranganee Wagiswara and Secretary to the President Mr. P B Abeykoon look on.

    Ambassador Atul Keshap Presents Credentials

    August 21, 2015: Atul Keshap, the new U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, presented his credentials today to President Maithripala Sirisena in a ceremony in Colombo. The ceremony marks the official beginning of Keshap’s tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

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  • 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? 

  • Statement by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal at Press Availability
    Statement by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal at Press Availability

    August 26, 2015: Thank you Ambassador and it’s so wonderful to be able to use that term. I’m pleased that we were able to come so quickly upon the arrival of our new ambassador Atul Keshap and his credentialing was just on Friday, just days after the new Government was sworn in as well, so really a propitious time not only in Sri Lanka but in U.S.-Sri Lanka relations as well.  

  • Statement by Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski at Press Availability
    Statement by Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski at Press Availability

    August 26, 2015: Thank you. For all the reasons that Assistant Secretary Biswal mentioned, it’s been a very heartening experience for me to come back for this trip with her. I also have the chance to visit Trincomalee for the first time over the next couple days to talk to local provincial officials and to civil society there and to see how things are progressing in that part of the country.  

  • Remarks by Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski at Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Remarks by Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski at Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    August 25, 2015: In just the short time since I was here last, and in the shorter time that Secretary of State Kerry was here, we have seen steady progress towards the forward-looking agenda that this government has set. And it has been heartening to people all around the world, with the most recent example, of course, of the election. Another promise made that was kept.  

  • Remarks by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal at Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Remarks by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal at Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    August 25, 2015: Good morning everyone, and Mr. Minister, thank you so much. It’s such a pleasure to see you again and to congratulate you on this very important election. We also had the pleasure of meeting with the justice minister, Minister Rajapaksa as well, and members of the minister’s team.  

  • United States Supports Resettlement Efforts in Sampur

    August 25, 2015: As President Sirisena said last Saturday at a land-return ceremony in Sampur, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka’s efforts has attracted support from the international community. The United States joined other international donors and will provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s peace and development. 

  • U.S. Diversity Visa Status Available Starting May 5

    Starting May 5, 2015, entrants for the Diversity Visa Program can check the status of their applications on the website (http://www.dvlottery.state.gov). Entrants should retain confirmation receipts until September 30, 2016.  

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  • 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. 

  • Secretary Kerry Travel to Colombo, Nairobi and Djibouti

    April 27, 2015: Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 2 for his first trip to the country and the first visit by a Secretary of State since 2005. In Colombo, he will meet government leaders, civil society members, and other representatives from the country’s diverse communities to hear and express U.S. support for their vision for a more peaceful, stable, and prosperous future for its people. Secretary Kerry will also join his hosts for the celebration of the Buddhist holiday of Vesak. 

  • 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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