Biswal announces... US supports Sri Lanka

The United States will stand by Sri Lanka and reaffirm its strong support to Sri Lanka and to the Sri Lankan people as well as for the commitment of the Sri Lankan Government to keep to the path of democracy and good governance, peace and prosperity, United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal said.

Biswal, who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday, addressed the media along with Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski, following discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe on matters relating to bilateral relations between the US and Sri Lanka.

She further praised the Sri Lankan Government for its progress in promoting reconciliation. She further stated that the US will support Sri Lanka and is committed to walk the long and difficult road along with the Sri Lankans in achieving the goals of democracy and good governance.

"I was in Sri Lanka last May during the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Since then we have not only seen the commitment to democracy, but also a tremendous momentum of progress toward institutions of good governance and combating corruption."

Biswal also added that the US will support resettlement and education in Sampur by investing US$ 1 million for that initiative.
"We look forward to working with the President, Prime Minister and the new government in this regard and other endeavours for the country to realize its enormous potential," she said.

Tom Malinowski, who also addressed the media, stated that the US will render its utmost support to the Sri Lankan government and the Sri Lankan people. He added that the people of Sri Lanka had resonated to the message of democracy by voting for change in the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.

"The people of Sri Lanka have now for the second time shown their support for the Rule of Law, for reconciliation, against the politics of ethnic and religious division and for building and developing this country. The US will stand by Sri Lanka," he added.

The visiting diplomats led by Biswal and Malinowski will also meet with political parties, civil society leaders and business leaders in the private sector.

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