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    USAID Visits Shelter For Koslanda Landslide Victims

    November 18, 2014: Mission Director Sherry Carlin from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited today the Poonagala Tea Factory camp that houses victims of the recent Koslanda landslide.

  • Mark Kasman, EPA Senior Advisor for the Asia-Pacific Region (Center), promotes future partnerships at Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy.

    Cities Clean Air Partnership Program

    November 21, 2014: Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) met with Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy B.M.E.D. Basnayake today to commend Sri Lanka for designating Colombo City as a participant in the Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) program, a city-to-city support program that links Asian cities with California cities that have decades of experience reducing air pollution.

  • The inaugural Joint Council of the Maldives-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) meeting discussed procedures for more robust engagement on topics such as labor, intellectual property, and the investment climate.

    Talks To Expand Trade, Investment In Maldives

    October 20, 2014: Michael Delaney, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia, and H.E. Mohamed Saeed, Minister of Economic Development, launched the first meeting of the Joint Council of the Maldives-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) today.

  • U.S. Assistant Trade Representative for Central and South Asia, Michael Delaney and Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S., Prasad Kariyawasam during the U.S.-Sri Lanka business seminar on October 16

    U.S.-Sri Lankan Business Cooperation

    October 16, 2014: The American and Ceylon Chambers of Commerce joined the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to co-host U.S.-Sri Lanka Business Forum today to coincide with the 11th Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Joint Council Meeting.

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  • 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.  

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