US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (designate) to Sri Lanka Thomas Shannon visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs premises in Colombo yesterday. Ambassador Shannon is the senior-most career United States Foreign Service Officer, and just the 14th in history to rise to the role of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Ambassador Shannon’s visit follows a series of important visits from the US, since January this year.

Among the high profile visits included Assistant Secretary of State Ms. Nisha Biswal, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, the visit of Assistant Secretaries of State Tom Malinowski and Nisha Biswal in August, soon after the Parliamentary Election and the visit by Ambassador Samantha Power last month.3