• VISIT OF US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO SRI LANKA (Press Release)

May 3, 2015 at 9:47 am
US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015. During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, and had a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who hosted the visiting Secretary of State and delegation to lunch at the Temple Trees. He held official bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation at the talks included Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse, Investment Promotion Minister Kabir Hashim, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Chitranganee Wagiswara and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam.

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  • REMARKS BY U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY ON STRENGTHENING THE U.S.-SRI LANKA PARTNERSHIP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND LASTING PEACE

May 3, 2015 at 7:58 am
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015, addressed a public event in Colombo on Strengthening the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership for Human Rights and Lasting Peace. The event was organized under the auspices of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies on May 2, 2015. Click here to read the transcript of the address issued by the U.S. Department of State.

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  • STATEMENT TO MEDIA BY MANGALA SAMARAWEERA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF JOHN KERRY, US SECRETARY OF STATE TO SRI LANKA

May 2, 2015 at 11:57 am
Good Morning Ladies and Gentleman, It has been a great honour and privilege to welcome the Honourable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States, to the historic Republic Building which has been the home of our Foreign Ministry since Independence. Secretary Kerry’s visit is a momentous occasion for Sri Lanka as it is the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in nearly half a century – 43 years to be precise. I believe that this important visit signifies the return of our little island to the centre stage of international affairs. This morning we continued a dialogue that began in Washington within a month of my appointment as Foreign Minister. We agreed to build on a multifaceted bilateral relationship and to forge stronger links between our peoples.

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  • U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE’S VISIT TO SRI LANKA: REMARKS BY MANGALA SAMARAWEERA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND JOHN KERRY, US SECRETARY OF STATE

May 2, 2015 at 7:40 am
U.S. Secretary John Kerry who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera today. Click here to read the press release issued by the U.S. Department of State in this regard.

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  • US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO UNDERTAKE OFFICIAL VISIT TO SRI LANKA

April 28, 2015 at 11:22 am
On the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Secretary of State of the United States of America John Kerry will pay an official visit to Sri Lanka from 2nd to 3rd May 2015. This is the first official visit by an US Secretary of State since that of William Pierce Rogers in 1972. Secretary Collin Powell visited Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2005.

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  • US SECRETARY OF STATE’S VISIT TO SRI LANKA, MAY 2-3, 2015

April 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015. The press statement issued by the U.S. State Department in this regard is appended below:

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