Lanka seeks to strengthen ties with US

Sri Lanka is seeking to further strengthen ties with the United States,  Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya said.

The Sri Lankan Embassy in the US, in a statement today, said that Sri Lanka has been making tremendous progress in all aspects of development since the dawn of peace in 2009 which merits positive recognition from its longstanding friends like the United States.

The Embassy quoted the Ambassador as telling members of the House Chiefs of Staff Association (HCoSA) that there needs to be cooperation by congressional officials to bring Sri Lanka- US ties to the next level through increased understanding of the true situation in Sri Lanka.

“ If you compare Sri Lanka today with what it was for the three decades before the dawn of peace in 2009, you will realize the country has never been so stable , peaceful and with such strong economic potential as it is today under the visionary leadership of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa”, he said.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya said that with the end of the war there is ample opportunity for both countries to benefit from an enhanced relationship.

“Sri Lanka is very keen in enhancing trade relationship with the US. Some of the US corporate giants like Boeing, Caterpillar, Marriott, Starwood, 3M, John Deere, and Coca-Cola have already recognized Sri Lanka’s business potential”, he said.