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Wells praises democratic reforms under President, PM

Acting US Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells called on President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday. Picture courtesy President’s Media Division

United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells praised the progress made by Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the democratic reforms and reconciliation process. She said that the US highly appreciates the “ambitious reforms agenda and historic steps towards reconciliation boldly under taken by President Sirisena.”

She said that the US would continue to extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka’s development process and reconciliation.

The Acting us Assistant Secretary of State made this statement when she called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo on Wednesday afternoon, the President’s Media Unit said.

The US Under Acting Secretary of State expressed appreciation over the progress made by Sri Lanka in many areas such as transitional justice, communal amity, constitutional reforms, development and peace and stability.

President Sirisena pointed out that a few extreme elements in the North and South level baseless allegations against the government to take undue political advantages, but the government is determined to implement its programmes for reconciliation and development undeterred.

“Though the progress is slow, it is steady and stable,” the President said.

Wells said that the US considers Sri Lanka as an important partner in South Asia and would continue to extend whatever possible assistance. She said that President Donald Trump finalised the new strategy programme for South Asia and the Pacific Region and Sri Lanka is prominent among the partners of the US in this region. She said Sri Lanka has been listed for assistance under the US government foreign aid agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation in the near future.

Secretary to the President Austin Fernando, Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam and American Ambassador Atul Keshap were also present on this occasion.