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US lauds Sri Lanka’s transformative process

A bipartisan group of Representatives of the United States Congress visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.

Accordingly, Congressman Peter Roskam (Chair – Republican), Congressman David Price (Democrat), Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (Democrat) and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican) met the President on Tuesday (21).

Their aim was to promote on-going partnership between House Democracy Partnership (HDP) and Sri Lanka Parliament while  strengthening democratic institutions and deepening bilateral relations, the President’s Media Division said.

President Sirisena, expressing his satisfaction over the strength of the bilateral relations between the two countries, said that that the Government of Sri Lanka is totally committed to further strengthen relations, especially in economic and investment spheres.

During the call, leader of the HDP Group Congressman Peter Roskam expressed his admiration on behalf of US House of Representatives for the trans-formative process that President has led after his election two years ago.

He said that measures taken for reconciliation, development of the country, good governance and citizen’s right are laudable. He said that USA will stand by Sri Lanka in its challenging journey towards economic development. The delegation was accompanied by US Ambassador for Sri Lanka Atul Keshap and Sri Lankan Ambassador in USA Prasad Kariyawasam.

The HDP is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions.

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