His Excellency Antony Blinken

Secretary of State of the United States of America 

Your Excellency, 

I am pleased to convey my heartiest felicitations and sincere greetings to you on the auspicious occasion of the 245th anniversary of Independence of the United States of America.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1948, Sri Lanka's ties with the United States have continued to expand and flourish across a range of areas of mutually beneficial cooperation. I remain confident that this multifaceted and vibrant partnership will be further consolidated and deepened in the years ahead for the betterment of our two countries and peoples.

The Government and people of Sri Lanka deeply appreciate the invaluable support and assistance extended by the United States for the control of COVID-19 pandemic, including US President Biden's recent initiative to donate millions of doses of surplus vaccines to countries in need, including Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka stands ready to work with the United States to advance our mutual interests, both bilaterally and in multilateral fora.

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your personal health, happiness and wellbeing, and for the continued progress and prosperity of the friendly people of the United States.

Dinesh Gunawardena, M.P.
Foreign Minister
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka