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* US calls on new Sri Lanka leader to ensure accountability, respect for human rights
Tue, Nov 19, 2019, 10:56 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 19, Colombo: The United States called on Sri Lanka's new president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to uphold commitments to ensure accountability, respect for human rights, and non-recurrence of violence.

Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State while congratulating the people of Sri Lanka on their democratic election said the U.S. stands ready to work with Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the new President of Sri Lanka.

"We call on President Rajapaksa to uphold Sri Lanka's commitments to security sector reform, accountability, respect for human rights, and non-recurrence of violence," Pompeo said.

"Sri Lanka continued to show the strength and resiliency of its democracy with a free, fair, and transparent presidential election befitting Asia's oldest democracy."

The U.S. applauded the Sri Lankan Elections Commission, Sri Lankan civil society, and the candidates themselves for promoting a peaceful election.

"Sri Lanka is a valued partner, and we want to work with the government and people of Sri Lanka to advance cooperation on bilateral and regional issues, including fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific region where all countries can prosper, deepening good governance, and promoting justice, reconciliation, and human rights," the statement added.

 

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