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The United States Department of State’s budget request of US$ 39.8 million for the financial year 2017 will back Sri Lanka’s reforms to stimulate trade and investment, improve governance and human rights, and pursue reconciliation and accountability, a top official has said last week.

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal addressing the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific in Washington, DC last Wednesday (11), said the bilateral relationship between the US and Sri Lanka has been transformed over the past year thanks to a unity government led by a president and prime minister that are committed to reforms that can benefit all Sri
Lankans.

Reviewing how the policies and programmes supported by the $440.7 million FY 2017 budget request will sustain greater stability, security, and prosperity in South Asia and in the U.S. the top official told the Committee the diplomatic relations between the two countries are at an all-time high.

Biswal further pointed out that Sri Lanka now had the opportunity to assume its rightful place as a leader in the international community, one that contributes to the global economy; promotes human rights, accountability, transitional justice, and democracy; and that helps to uphold international law.