ECONOMYNEXT – A bipartisan delegation from the US House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of talks as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), the US embassy said.
“This visit by our nation’s elected representatives in Congress shows that bipartisan support for strong US-Sri Lankan ties is robust across the branches of the US government,” said US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap in a statement.
During the visit, the delegation will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Foreign Minister, Speaker of the Parliament, numerous Parliament members and civil society.
“The HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the US House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on September 14, 2016, in Washington D.C,” the statement said. “The visit serves to underscore the strong bipartisan support for Sri Lanka in the US Congress.”
The delegation in Sri Lanka is led by HDP Chairman, Congressman Peter Roskam (Republican-Illinois) and includes Ranking Member Congressman David Price (Democrat-North Carolina), Congressman Gerry Connolly (Democrat-Virginia), and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican-Nebraska).
The HDP is a bipartisan, 20-member commission of the US House of Representatives that works directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions.
(COLOMBO, Feb 20, 2017)