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U.S. Under Secretary of State Elizabeth M. Allen’s Diplomatic Tour to Sri Lanka

February 17, Colombo (LNW): The U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Elizabeth M. Allen, is set to visit Sri Lanka, India, and Jordan this month, reinforcing the United States’ commitment to expanding global partnerships and alliances.

The State Department’s press release outlines Allen’s trip from February 12 to 22, emphasizing the core principles of U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy initiatives, including the promotion of freedom of expression, economic empowerment, and global collaboration.

While the exact date of her arrival in Sri Lanka is not specified, the statement highlights Allen’s plans to engage in dialogue on freedom of expression and democratic values. Meetings with diverse stakeholders, including journalists, civil society members, government officials, and the Embassy’s Youth Forum, are on the agenda. Engagements with the Sri Lanka Press Institute, U.S. public diplomacy program alumni, and local content creators will underscore the significance of preserving diverse voices for a stable and inclusive Sri Lanka.

Allen’s visit will also include meetings with representatives from Sri Lanka’s multifaith community to emphasize the importance of societal inclusivity. Following her time in Sri Lanka, she will proceed to India as part of her diplomatic tour.

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