Thomas Shannon

The first meeting of the Partnership Dialogue between Sri Lanka and the United States has been scheduled to be held in Washington DC in February next year.

The announcement was made by the visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs-Designate, Thomas Shannon in Colombo yesterday.

“This annual meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss all aspects of the relationship and ways in which the United States may be able to engage directly with the people of Sri Lanka and the Government,” Shannon said following his meeting with Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera yesterday.

“These efforts will be wide ranging, to the benefit of both countries.  Our cooperation benefits communities where returnees are facing hardship.  We will assist reconciliation and broader transitional efforts at the household level, community level, and national levels,” he added.