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US Assistant Secretary Donald Lu calls on President Ranil

By: Staff Writer

May 14, Colombo (LNW): United States’ Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Lu, called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe last night (13) at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday.

During the meeting, extensive discussions were held regarding Sri Lanka’s economic recovery strategies, a statement said.

Issuing a statement, the US State Department stated last week that in his meetings, he will reaffirm the United States’ support for Sri Lanka’s economic recovery, as well as the importance of a robust civil society as a cornerstone of a free and democratic society.

“President Wickremesinghe’s unwavering dedication and commitment to implementing the economic reform program was highly appreciated,” the President’s Media Division said.

The President was accompanied by the Senior Advisor on the National security and Chief of Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka, Secretary to the President, Saman Ekanayake and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung.

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu spoke with members of Sri Lanka’s civil society and discussed ongoing reforms and other issues.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung said that the US delegation learned about their ongoing efforts to promote peacebuilding and strengthen democratic norms.

“We reiterated that good governance, inclusion, and reform should guide Sri Lanka’s economic recovery,” the US Ambassador said.

His trip will strengthen bilateral cooperation with each country and demonstrate U.S. support for a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

In Colombo he was scheduled to engage with officials from across the political spectrum and deepen the United States’ partnership with Sri Lanka.

In his meetings, he will reaffirm the United States’ support for Sri Lanka’s economic recovery, as well as the importance of a robust civil society as a cornerstone of a free and democratic society.

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