“Across the U.S. government, we see value in expanding our security partnership in ways that benefit the United States and Sri Lanka,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap. “Sri Lanka’s progress as a democracy that will protect the rights of all its citizens and promote their prosperity regardless of ethnicity or religion can create opportunities for our growing military-to-military cooperation.”
During the visit, the delegation met with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan, State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardena, Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam, Defense Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne, members of Parliament, and civil society.
Members of the delegation also included Congressman Henry Cuellar (Democrat - Texas), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (Republican - Missouri), and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (Democrat – New Hampshire).