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* Outgoing Sri Lankan Ambassador thanks the US for support during Covid crisis
Wed, Sep 15, 2021, 09:41 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 15, Colombo: The outgoing Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S. Ravinatha Aryasinha thanked the US Government for the support extended towards Sri Lanka during the COVID crisis, particularly in the donation of vaccines.

Ambassador Aryasinha, during a farewell call via zoom on 7 September with Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South Asia at the National Security Council Sumona Guha, emphasized the multifaceted nature of the US-Sri Lanka relationship and said the two countries continue to have strong cooperation, particularly in the spheres of trade, strategic security and counter terrorism.

Ambassador Aryasinha also appreciated the support received from officials at the National Security Council (NSC), the State Department and other Departments and Agencies of the US, during his tenure in Washington D.C.

On 10 September at a farewell meeting with Ervin Massinga, Senior Advisor, South and Central Asian Affairs of the State Department, the Ambassador also conveyed Sri Lanka’s views on the HRC-related matters, in view of the forthcoming oral update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights during the 48th Session of the HRC.

The Ambassador briefed Mr. Massinga on initiatives taken and domestic mechanisms instituted by the Government to address the concerns on accountability and reconciliation, and detailed the work related to the Commission of Inquiry to investigate, inquire, report or recommend necessary action on deliverable measures on preceding Human Rights Commissions and Committees; the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA); and developments with regard to Office on Missing Persons, Office on Disappearances, Office on Reparations, Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka; Engagement with a broad range of civil society on their concerns over human rights.

The Special Assistant to the President, and the Senior Advisor of the State Department appreciated the continuous dialogue maintained by the Ambassador, and said his previous experiences had been particularly useful in understating Sri Lanka’s perspective on some of the pressing issues.


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