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  • 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.

  • USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Manpreet Anand cuts the ribbon at Northern Farm’s new gram processing factory.

    Employment and Creating Markets in Vavuniya

    October 12, 2014: Manpreet Anand, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), opened a new agricultural processing factory in Marukarampalai, Vavuniya yesterday, October 11.

  • Inside courtyard view of the Akkaryankulam Divisional Hospital with the new maternity and pediatric wards (left) and the male and female wards (right).

    New Hospital for Akkarayankulam

    U.S. Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Andrew C. Mann is planning to join Dr. P. Sathiyalingan, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Northern Provincial Council, for a personal tour of the Akkaryankulam Divisional Hospital tomorrow, October 11.

  • Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class Daniel Bannish from Boston paints walls at the Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage in ViliMale with fellow sailors assigned to the USS Rodney M. Davis.

    U.S. Sailors Visit Orphanage, Clean-up Beach

    October 9, 2014 Colombo: Officers and crew from the USS Rodney M. Davis, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate with the U.S. 7th Fleet, visited ViliMale on the North Male Atoll yesterday and assisted with painting and repairs at the Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage.


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  • Ambassador Michele J. Sison's Remarks at the National Peace Council’s Citizens Peace Award Ceremony 2014

    November 8, 2014: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that “returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”  

  • Ambassador Michele J. Sison's Remarks at the National Peace Council’s “Reconciliation and Peace Between Communities” Seminar

    November 8, 2014: First of all, I want to congratulate the National Peace Council for organizing this seminar this morning on “Reconciliation and Peace Between Communities.” I’ve been a big fan of the NPC since I arrived in Sri Lanka two-plus years ago, and I truly appreciate NPC’s important role as an independent and impartial leader in civil society. NPC’s activities in the areas of advocacy, research, training, and the promotion of dialogue – all aimed at mobilizing people towards peace and conflict transformation – are to be applauded.  

  • Joint Readout of the First Meeting under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Maldives

    Colombo: Senior officials from the Governments of the United States and Republic of Maldives met on October 20 under the United States-Maldives Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to launch their trade dialogue and evaluate developments in our trade and investment relationship.  

  • United States Offers Immediate Assistance for Disaster Relief

    October 31, 2014: To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided 6.5 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.  

  • U.S. Embassy Statement On Badulla District Landslides

    October 30, 2014: The United States extends its deepest condolences to the Government of Sri Lanka and the families affected by the recent landslides in Koslanda. We stand ready to assist the Government and victims as they mourn the loss of loved ones, treat the injured, and address the extensive losses and damage caused by this natural disaster. We commend the Government of Sri Lanka and its Armed Forces for their rapid response and valiant search and rescue efforts. 


Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Michael Delaney speaks with Neela Marikkar, Chairperson from The Grant Group.
    U.S. Trade Delegation Discuss Business Training, Partnerships For Sri Lankan Women

    Launch of the War Widows Project

    Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Michael Delaney speaks with Neela Marikkar, Chairperson from The Grant Group, to discuss the launch of the “War Widows Project” in partnership with the Ministry for Industry & Commerce. The project is supported through nearly 15 million Sri Lankan Rupees from the United States to open handloom training centers and entrepreneurship training for widows in Mannar and Mullaitivu. 

  • United States 2016 “Green Card” Visa Lottery Opens

    October 1, 2014: The U.S. Embassy Colombo is pleased to announce that the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program, also known as the “Green Card” Lottery, started accepting on-line applications from Sri Lankan and Maldivian citizens on October 1, 2014, exclusively at The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants who qualify for the program the opportunity to interview for an immigrant visa, and if selected, become legal permanent residents of the United States.  

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.  

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