June 19, Colombo: The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not able to visit Sri Lanka as planned during his visit to the Indo-Pacific region next week, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo announced.
"Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts during his upcoming visit to the Indo-Pacific region that includes accompanying President Donald J. Trump to the G20 Summit in Japan, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is unable to visit Sri Lanka as previously announced," the Embassy said in a release.
Secretary Pompeo is scheduled to travel to the Indo-Pacific region on June 24th through the 30th to "broaden and deepen our partnership with key countries to advance our shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific".
"Secretary Pompeo regrets that he is no longer able to visit Colombo at this time. He hopes to travel to Sri Lanka at a later date to underscore our strong partnership with Sri Lanka, which is rooted in a commitment to democracy, economic growth and a free, open Indo-Pacific region," the statement added.
"The United States remains committed to these objectives and looks forward to building on our longstanding partnership."