Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva requested the U.S. government to urge American businesses to invest in Sri Lanka. This was emphasized at several bilateral discussions he held with U.S. officials in Washington last week. The Deputy Minister was on a brief visit to the U.S. capital to continue Sri Lanka’s expanding engagement with the United States on multiple areas of cooperation.

During his conversations, the Deputy Minister briefed the officials on recent developments in Sri Lanka with respect to reconciliation as well as economic and investment policy reforms. Recalling the government’s twin policy objectives of reconciliation and development, he reiterated the government’s aim to ensure a peace dividend for the people, for the country to progress toward enduring peace and development.

The Deputy Minister met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Commerce Arun Kumar and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Michael Delaney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programmes William Craft, and Deputy Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Thomas Kelly.