U.S, Lanka look to enhance ties

Sri Lanka and the United States (U.S) have agreed on the need to enhance bilateral ties, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington said.

The new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele .J. Sison and Ambassador Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S Jaliya Wickramasuriya had discussed this when the two met at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya congratulated Ambassador designate Sison and wished her success on her new appointment.

The two ambassadors reflected on the current state of U.S. – Sri Lanka relations that have remained warm and cordial for the last 63 years.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya updated the new US envoy on the recent economic and political developments in Sri Lanka including on the post-conflict reconciliation process.

He explained at length the demining, rehabilitation, re-integration, re-construction, and resettlement activities taking place.

Both ambassadors agreed on the importance of taking the U.S. – Sri Lankan relations to the next level thorough strong bilateral relations enhanced by economic diplomacy initiatives.

U.S Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides swore in Ms. Sison as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka at a ceremony on Monday (Aug 13) at the State Department.

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya, senior Sri Lankan diplomats in Washington, Ambassador Sison’s family members and senior U.S. Government officials were among the large and representative gathering present on this auspicious occasion.

During a 30 year career as a diplomat Ambassador Sison has served in 10 countries including in South Asia at various levels. She has served as the ambassador in Lebanon and in the United Arab Emirates.