U.S.- Sri Lanka ‘Partnership Dialogue’ in February 2016

ECONOMYNEXT – High-level talks between the United States and Sri Lanka will be held in Washington in February next year aimed at deepening the political and economic ties between the two countries, a visiting American diplomat said.

The first meeting of the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue will take place in February 2016 in Washington, DC, according to U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs-Designate Thomas Shannon.

He announced the meeting during talks with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Colombo, a U.S. embassy statement said.

“This annual meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss all aspects of the relationship and ways in which the United States may be able to engage directly with the people of Sri Lanka and the gvernment,” the statement quoted Shannon as saying.

Shannon said the U.S. will assist reconciliation and “broader transitional efforts at the household level, community level, and national levels”.

“We will foster greater trade and investment to raise incomes, create jobs, and improve standards of living in both countries.”  (Colombo/December 14, 2015)

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