US Secretary of State arrives in Sri Lanka on key visit

US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo arrived in Sri Lanka today on a 2-day official visit.

Pompeo’s visit comes on an invitation extended by his Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

“Thank you for the warm welcome, @USAmbSLM. I’m excited to be here in Colombo. I’m proud of the work @USEmbSL does to strengthen our ties with the government, businesses, and people of Sri Lanka and look forward to expanding on those efforts during my visit,” Pompeo tweeted after arriving in Sri Lanka.

Speaking on Pompeo’s visit to Sri Lanka, Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean R. Thompson said earlier that the top US Official will meet with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to emphasize the US commitment to a strong, independent, and democratic Sri Lanka.

The US Secretary of State is expected to raise concerns on China and also discuss issues related to human rights during his visit to Sri Lanka.

The discussions will also cover several areas of the multifaceted engagement between the two countries, Thompson added.

Meanwhile, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) staged a protest opposite the US Embassy in Colombo today against Pompeo’s visit to Sri Lanka.

Issuing a statement, the JVP said the party strongly protests and condemns the efforts by the United States government to interfere with the independence and sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

Secretary of State Pompeo is the highest-level US dignitary to visit Sri Lanka during the tenure of US President Donald Trump. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. Oh Dear oh deary me; Lankan ! You have wasted a lot of time and effort on soon to be non-entities. When Biden is elected, Pompeo wouldn’t even be hired as a toilet cleaner. Please don’t take this as endorsement of the ‘limp-wristed’ Biden.

    Ministers greeting foreign dignitaries should wear loin-cloth. It would be more reflective of the regard in which they are held internationally.

    Goodbye, farewell, amen, and enjoy the U.S. taxpayer funded holiday. That would have sufficed.

  2. Where Sri Lanka stands while Mr Pompeo in Sri Lanka?

    The people have developed their knowledge all over the world, thanks to internet. So the Five Eyes cannot disguise its motives in the name of democracy or human rights. It has no other alternatives other than bullying others to sustain its world dominant power. The white supremacists’ strategy so far killed thousands of innocent people by coronavirus. The next step is killing millions of innocent people by nuclear bombs. The US had lots of support from the world to invade the Middle East after the 9/11 attacks. The same strategy applied through coronavirus to get the world support to undermine China. I personally believe that the US is powerful enough to stop the 9/11 or spread of coronavirus, but willingly allowed to happen to achieve its ulterior motives. I believe that the Five Eyes’ strategy is demonising China to create hatred. This will help to isolate China and re-establish manufacturing sector in the Western countries to undermine the global market to stop China getting wealthy and powerful. I believe that 1% of the American population which has all the wealth and power has a strategy to undermine China and their choice is President Trump. Therefore, do not surprise if President Trump gets his second term even though Joe Biden is leading at the moment. It is all about what the 1% powerful people want, the 99% of the people think that they have the power to change things but they don’t in reality. The 1% of the powerful people will allow Joe Biden to win if their current strategy is failing. According to my understanding the white supremacists think their strategy is working even though it may lead to a nuclear war. Indians can’t save themselves. They have been tricked by the West for centuries and sadly they have tangled themselves in this unfortunate situation, because of their stupidity. Indians don’t have a choice other than being puppets of the West. However, Sri Lanka has a choice. It can take China’s side as an equaliser to strengthen China. This could avoid a war. Above all, if China fails Asia fails. Asia will be under the West for thousands of years. I believe that collaboration with the Chinese leaders and finding a common ground is a win win results, not only for Asia but for the whole world. This world has some strange minds, they rather kill others and themselves instead of coexist in this world peacefully. Do you remember those remained top Nazies who killed their children and themselves once they heard Russian troops were moving into their cities? Those Nazies simply couldn’t handle the defeat. Those strange mindsets are everywhere including in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. We must do everything to avoid entertaining those strange mindsets.

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