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US supports reconciliation

2013 Nov 22

US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal says the US supports reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

She said this after being sworn in to the post in the presence of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Throughout the region, we are partnering with governments and civil society to support the political development of young democracies, such as Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, Maldives, helping to protect the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and marginalized communities, supporting reconciliation in post-conflict societies such as Sri Lanka,” she added.

She said that there are political transitions in five of the countries of South and Central Asia between this fall and next spring, and many are apprehensive about the elections that lie ahead. She said the rebalance to Asia is fundamentally about the recognition that this continent, including South and Central Asia will play a growing role in global politics, security, and economics in the 21st century, and that the prosperity and security of the United States is vitally linked to the prosperity and security of Asia.

“As Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asia, I will devote every ounce of my energy towards making sure that we, the United States, the Department of State, and the Bureau for South and Central Asia do everything possible to bridge from the Asia we see today to the Asia that we know is possible tomorrow,” she said. (Colombo Gazette)

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