US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to arrive in Sri Lanka later this month on a brief visit.
The US State Department said Secretary Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region on June 24th through the 30th to broaden and deepen US partnership with key countries to advance their shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
The Secretary’s first stop will be in New Delhi, India. The US said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage.
The Secretary’s next stop will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where Secretary Pompeo will express America’s solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as they stand united against the despicable Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.
He will also discuss promising opportunities for U.S.-Sri Lanka cooperation based on shared commitments to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
From Colombo the Secretary will travel to Osaka, Japan to participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit from June 28th to 29th, the first such gathering hosted by Japan.
The last US Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka was John Kerry in May 2015. (Colombo Gazette)