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    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Verma visits Sri Lanka

    February 23, 2024

    Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America Richard Verma undertook a visit to Sri Lanka from 22 - 23 February 2024.  The visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and delegation had extensive discussions with Foreign Minister Ali Sabry at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on further strengthening bilateral cooperation. 

    The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State paid a courtesy call on President Ranil Wickremesinghe following the discussions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

    Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, while appreciating the humanitarian and emergency assistance granted by the U.S. to overcome the economic challenges encountered by Sri Lanka, welcomed the recent US$ 553 million development assistance extended by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation to the Colombo West International Terminal Private Limited. He also appreciated the U.S. assistance in securing the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) from the IMF.

    Foreign Minister Sabry briefed Deputy Secretary of State Verma on Sri Lanka's priorities as Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association and the opportunities to foster collaboration in blue economy and maritime security in the region to promote freedom of navigation for all and for the facilitation of trade and commerce. He also apprised the Deputy Secretary of State of the Government's efforts to further strengthen governance, democracy, and rule of law, as well as to combat corruption.

    Deputy Secretary of State Verma while noting the encouraging progress in Sri Lanka following the economic downturn in the last two years, assured continuous U.S. assistance to the country towards economic prosperity.

    The Deputy Secretary of State was accompanied by the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung, senior officials from the White House National Security Council, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense.  Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Jauhar and senior officials of the Foreign Ministry were associated with the Foreign Minister at the meeting.

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