Rajitha Senaratne, the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine had a congregation with Atul Keshap the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, yesterday at the U.S. embassy. And they congregated about what can Sri Lanka become in the journey of achiving reconciliation; a healthy, happy, prosperous and democratic country.
U.S. Ambassador, Atul Keshap after the discusion tweeted that it was an "Excellent discussion" in his official twitter account.
Rajitha Senarathne was appreciated for taking ideological and practical measures to make the reconciliation mechanism in the post-war Sri Lanka a success. Specially endowing the hospital facilities which was a shortage since a long period, in war-torn North and East, who were the victims of the 3 decade long Civil war and being healing, was admired by Keshap. Under that project minister Rajitha has taken initial steps to build about 30 hospitals in North and Eastern Provinces with a mental hospital in Mankulam to treat the people who are down with post-war psychological turbulence.
Atul Keshap was appointed as a State's top foreign affair officer by the former president Barak Obama. He was a Director of State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and had worked with the Assistant Secretary of State, Robert Blake during 2010-2012 and during 2013-2015 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, working closely with Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal to coordinate U.S. Government policy toward India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan.In May of 2015 he was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives while he was serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary State for South Asia.
We believe that it's a great diplomatic strategy that Rajitha Senaratne being positioned parallely with a top U.S. diplomat like Keshap in a bout when the Sri Lanka's favourable outcome in the mechanism of reconciliation is being disputed by International forums.
Amali Jayaweera & Chavini Abhayasinghe