Jan 31, Colombo: The United States Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal arrived in Sri Lanka this morning, on a key visit.
During her three-day visit to the island, the high-ranking US official will meet with Sri Lankan officials to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues.
In Colombo, Biswal is expected to meet the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
Biswal is also scheduled to travel to Jaffna, where she will meet with Governor and the Chief Minister of the Northern Province and other council officials and civil society leaders.
The Assistant Secretary will leave Sri Lanka on February 2.
According to the State Department, following her visit to Sri Lanka Assistant Secretary Biswal will travel to London for meetings with officials from the UK on February 3.
She will also travel to Geneva, for meetings regarding US government's intention to sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka in the March session of the UN Human Rights Council, the State Department said Tuesday.
Last month, Indian-American Biswal warned that if Sri Lanka doesn't make meaningful progress in addressing the accountability issues, the patience of the international community on Sri Lanka will start to wear thin and urged Sri Lanka to take some "concrete steps" to address the issue of human rights, accountability and reconciliation process.