US confirms Blakes visit

The US State department has confirmed that US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. will travel to Sri Lanka next week.

Earlier the US Embassy in Colombo and the External Affairs remained tight lipped over his visit to Colombo despite details being leaked to the media.

However in a press statement on Monday the State Department confirmed that Blake will visit Sri Lanka between February 12-14.

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero will also be in Sri Lanka during that period, the State Department said.

In Sri Lanka, Under Secretary Otero and Assistant Secretary Blake will meet with a broad spectrum of Sri Lankan government officials and attend a luncheon hosted by Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris. Under Secretary Otero and Assistant Secretary Blake will also meet with civil society representatives, youth groups, and political leaders.

Following her visit to Sri Lanka, Under Secretary Otero will travel to New Delhi, India February 14-15 to meet with senior government officials, civil society representatives and youth leaders.

Assistant Secretary Blake will depart Colombo for Bangladesh, where he will stay from February 14-16 and participate in a series of education and university events.