Samantha Power arrives in Lanka
US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power arrived in the
country last evening, on a visit which Washington termed, 'Underscored
the US support for Sri Lanka's post war struggle for lasting peace'.
At the time this edition went to press the visiting US envoy was
expected to hold bi-lateral discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala
Samaraweera at the Foreign Ministry last night.
An official release on her visit said, 'In Sri Lanka, Ambassador
Power will highlight the United States' commitment to strengthen the
bilateral partnership,' as well as 'US support for the country's efforts
towards reconciliation, accountability, and lasting peace in the
aftermath of a devastating civil war.
She will undertake a tour of Jaffna today to meet local government
officials, civil society organisations and communities affected by the
conflict. She is also expected to visit the Uthayan newspaper office and
meet members of the local press.
The visitng US envoy will inaugurate a new wing of Osmania College,
which suffered significant damage during the conflict, as well as tour
the Jaffna Library, where she will announce US support for the local
restoration of ancient Tamil manuscripts, the release added.
In Colombo also she was to meet senior government officials,
community leaders, civil society groups and youth. The US Ambassador
visited India prior to her arrival in Colombo.