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The United States and Sri Lanka held discussions on ways to make the bilateral relationship between the two countries stronger. The discussion took place between the Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Samantha Power at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo Saturday.

Ambassador Power arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday for a three-day official visit. Foreign Minister Samaraweera welcoming the Ambassador Power said the top ranking U.S. official has been and continues to be a good friend of Sri Lanka.

“Even in the most difficult times she always maintained faith and trust in the people of this country and the latent strength of our nation,” he said. Addressing media after the discussions, the Minister said Sri Lanka has come a long way in laying the foundation for a strong Sri Lanka -US partnership since he first met Ambassador Power in February this year in Washington DC.

The Minister noted that since January Sri Lanka has embarked on a democratic journey to protect and promote the human rights of all the citizens and celebrate the multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual nature of the society. “Today Sri Lanka is taken note of by the world community not merely for its geographic position but because of the changes ushered in by the people,” he said.