Feb 21, Colombo: A bipartisan delegation from the United States House of Representatives visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday at the Presidential Secretariat.
The delegation to Sri Lanka as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) is led by HDP Chairman, Congressman Peter Roskam (Republican-Illinois) and includes Ranking Member Congressman David Price (Democrat-North Carolina), Congressman Gerry Connolly (Democrat-Virginia), and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican-Nebraska).
The HDP delegation is here to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on September 14, 2016 in Washington D.C.
Their aim was to promote the on-going partnership between House Democracy Partnership and Sri Lanka Parliament while strengthening democratic institutions and deepening bilateral relations. The visit serves to underscore the strong bipartisan support for Sri Lanka in the U.S. Congress.
President Sirisena, expressing his satisfaction over the strength of the bilateral relations between the two countries, said the Government of Sri Lanka is totally committed to further strengthen relations, especially in economic and investment spheres.
During the call, leader of the HDP Group Congressman Peter Roskam expressed his admiration on behalf of US House of Representatives for the transformative process that President has led after his election two years ago.
He said that measures taken for reconciliation, development of the country, good governance and citizenís right are laudable. And assured that U.S will stand by Sri Lanka in its challenging journey towards economic development.
The HDP Group also visited the parliament and met with the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and women parliamentarians today.
The delegation was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap, and Sri Lanka Ambassador to Washington Prasad Kariyawasam.