Posted on July 15th, 2014

Press Release-Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, Prasad Kariyawasam, presented his credentials to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, at the Oval Office of the White House on Monday 14 July 2014.

Signing the White House Guest Book before the commencement of the Credentials Ceremony, Ambassador Kariyawasam wrote: ”I bring warm greetings of the President and people of Sri Lanka to you Mr President, Mrs Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia. Having enjoyed democratic traditions without interruption since 1931, Sri Lanka is South Asia’s oldest democracy and we value your friendship and support for our nation’s progress…..”

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam presents credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama

President Obama welcomed Ambassador Kariyawasam and accepted him formally as Sri Lanka’s new envoy to the United States. Reciprocating greetings to President Rajapaksa, President Obama wished Ambassador Kariyawasam success in conducting responsibilities and in his determination to promote bilateral relationship with a renewed vigor.

Following the tradition of exchanging written remarks, President Obama and Ambassador Kariyawasam expressed sentiments that reflect the longstanding relations between Sri Lanka and the United States and commitment to strengthen bilateral relations.


  1. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    I feel so sorry for Ambassador Kariyawasam who has to put a smile on his face next to this idiot who has gone out of his way to push human rights motions against Sri Lanka. Under Obama the US foreign policy has hit ground dirt. Now there is a saying about the US “It is worse to be an ally of the US than her enemy”

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Excellent news.

    The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar.

    The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, each nation has equal say, regardless of GDP size.

    “BRICS Bank will be one of the major multilateral development finance institutions in this world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil.

    The big launch of the BRICS bank is seen as a first step to break the dominance of the US dollar in global trade, as well as dollar-backed institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, both US-based institutions BRICS countries have little influence within.

    “In terms of escalating international competition the task of activating the trade and investment cooperation between BRICS member states becomes important,” Putin said.”


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