Govt. seeks US State Dept.’s intervention to withdraw or amend resolution on SL
Posted on June 8th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today sought the immediate intervention of the US State Department to convey the concerns and the position of the government on the proposed resolution No. H.Res.413, which was introduced by Congresswoman Deborah Ross,to the Chair and members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as the respective Congresspersons in order to withdraw or amend it.

The Minister made this appeal when Charge d’ Affairesmof the US Embassy in Colombo Martin T. Kelly called on him at the Foreign Ministry today.

The Minister explained that the said Resolution will not be useful for reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka. 

The Foreign Minister thanked the government and people of the United States for the continued support extended to Sri Lanka. 

He particularly appreciated the US President’s recent announcement that Sri Lanka will be one of the countries receiving COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX programme.

He also thanked for the consignment of USAID emergency medical supplies which arrived on 04 June 2021 and possible US technical assistance to mitigate adverse environmental impact caused by the MV X-Press Pearl disaster.

A wide range of bilateral matters, including convening of Partnership Dialogue and Joint Commission of Trade & Investment Framework Agreement, were also discussed.  

Joining the meeting, Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage elaborated on the government’s efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic and the status of the on-going national vaccination programme.

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