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  • SLCG Oil Spill Response Unit putting a sample of oil in water tank, simulating oil leak.

    Oil Spill Management

    September 21, 2016: Experts from the U.S. Pacific Command provided training for disaster response counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives on preparation and response to potential oil spill scenario that could severely impact local environment and tourism.

  • Members of the Adivasi community performing the Kiri Koraha ritual near Batticaloa.

    Preserving Sri Lankan Ritual Dances

    September 16, 2016: As part of continued U.S. support for the preservation of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, the Embassy of the United States of America has awarded a grant to the University of Peradeniya to document and preserve four traditional ritual dance forms and related crafts.

  • Ambassador Atul Keshap and Minister Malik Samarawickrama.

    Joint Statement: U.S.-Sri Lanka TIFA Meeting

    September 1, 2016: An inter-sessional meeting of the U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting was held on September 1, 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • Ambassador’s Introductory Remarks for TIFA

    Ambassador’s Introductory Remarks for TIFA

    September 1, 2016: On behalf of the American delegation, I am delighted to speak at the outset of these Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement (TIFA) Inter-sessional discussions, which are a sign of the rapid progress in expanding the already rich economic bonds between Sri Lanka and the United States.

  • USS Frank Cable Arrives in Sri Lanka August 29

    USS Frank Cable Arrives in Sri Lanka August 29

    August 28, 2016: The USS Frank Cable (AS-40) will arrive in Sri Lanka for a routine refueling and port visit on August 29. During the visit, sailors from the ship will enjoy shore leave and volunteer at an animal shelter.


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  • Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney's Remarks for TIFA Intersessional

    September 1, 2016: I want thank the government of Sri Lanka, particularly minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Honorable Mr Malik Samarawickrama for hosting this intersessional meeting today. As a relatively small island economy, Sri Lanka’s economy depends, to a considerable extent, on international external trade. As has been mentioned, the U.S. has been Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner. Sri Lanka’s trade with the U.S. is important bedrock of the economy, accounting for many thousands of jobs across the island. 

  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun M. Kumar's Introductory Remarks for TIFA Intersessional

    September 1, 2016: I’m excited to be here representing the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Commerce Department has already been quite active in Sri Lanka, and I can feel their enthusiasm for expanding our commercial ties. Many of you are familiar with the Commercial Law Development Program, and we’re joined by Joe Yang and Megan McMillan.  

  • USAF strengthens historic American ties
    USAF strengthens historic American ties

    August 12, 2016: The first American missionaries arrived in Jaffna in 1813, when the Rev. Samuel Newell founded the first American schools in Thellipalai. Those schools were the first of hundreds of schools and medical centers that provided for the people of northern Sri Lanka. Continuing this deep connection between our two nations, this week Jaffna is welcoming the U.S. Air Force’s Operation Pacific Angel, which will renovate schools and provide medical services for nearby communities.  

  • Remarks by Assistant Secretaries
    Remarks by Assistant Secretaries

    July 12, 2016: Remarks to Press by Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski following discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. 

  • U.S. Embassy Hosts Iftar in Sri Lanka
    U.S. Embassy Hosts Iftar in Sri Lanka

    June 28, 2016: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap hosted leaders from the Sri Lankan Muslim community, government officials, civil society activists, and media representatives for an Iftar last night in Colombo.  

  • Ambassador's Remarks at Right To Information(RTI) Interactive Dialogue Launch

    Any democracy requires that government officials be accountable to the citizens who elected them, and that accountability requires transparency. Your discussions today reflect a growing consensus in the global community – as reflected in the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – for countries to “ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms.” 

  • United States Offers Three-Year Program to Assist Flood Affected

    May 20, 2016: In view of the serious flooding in western Sri Lanka, the United States Government has provided 7.2 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000 U.S. dollars) for immediate disaster assistance for non-food items such as blankets, mattresses, clothing and hygiene kits. 

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  • Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski's Travel to Sri Lanka and Cambodia July 12-20

    July 10, 2016: Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will visit Sri Lanka and Cambodia from July 12 to 20, where he will engage with government officials and local civil society representatives. In Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will focus on Sri Lanka’s continued progress in meeting the commitments made during last September’s UN Human Rights Council session. He will also discuss the work that remains in the areas of justice and reconciliation, and confirm that the United States continues to support Sri Lankan efforts to tackle these issues. 

  • Media Note - Assistant Secretary Biswal Travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

    July 9, 2016: Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this week. Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Manpreet Singh Anand will accompany her. 

  • Statement by President Obama on the Celebration of Vesak

    May 20, 2016: Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to Buddhists in the United States and around the world in their celebration of Vesak, a day honoring the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Buddha. During this season, we reflect on Buddha's universal teachings of peace, service, and recognition of common humanity -- shared values that also bind us all as Americans. This occasion gives us an opportunity to commemorate the many contributions of Buddhists to our progress and to recommit ourselves to building a brighter future for all communities, cultures, and religions. As we come together in hope for wisdom, courage, and compassion, our family sends our best wishes during this season.  

  • Statement by Secretary John Kerry on the Celebration of Vesak

    May 19, 2016: On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Vesak Day. We wish you a joyous commemoration of the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. In honor of Vesak Day, we recognize the contributions to thought, culture, and belief that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over 2,500 years. Vesak is celebrated by diverse Buddhist communities in Asia, here in the United States, and around the world. It is a wonderful time to engage in prayer and reflect on the virtues of wisdom, courage, and compassion. As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Vesak, know that the United States supports the efforts of people of every faith who preach and practice tolerance and respect for all. May you all enjoy a peaceful and joyful Vesak. 

  • Joint Statement on the 12th Joint U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Council Meeting

    April 28, 2016: Washington, D.C. - The 12th U.S.-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework (TIFA) Council meeting was held April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. The meeting was Co-chaired by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Sri Lanka Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama. United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power participated as well, encouraging the Sri Lankan government to continue its vital progress on democracy, accountability, and human rights. Ambassador Froman noted that the election outcome has ushered in a new era of U.S.-Sri Lanka economic cooperation. 

  • MCC Board Selects Five Countries for MCC Partnerships

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 17 — The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Dec. 16, 2015. The Board approved three countries as eligible for compacts and two countries as eligible for threshold programs. Three of the five countries are new partners for MCC and all have worked hard to improve their performance on MCC’s scorecard, which measures countries’ commitment to ruling justly, economic freedom, and investing in their people. 

  • Statement by State Department Spokesperson on the Situation in Maldives

    November 4, 2015: The United States is deeply concerned with recent events in Maldives, including today’s announcement of a state of emergency that curtails vital civil liberties and human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of movement, and safeguards against arbitrary detention and arbitrary and unlawful interference with one’s privacy. 

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