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US puts conditions to resume ties

2014 Apr 21

The Unites States says it will resume a more comprehensive military relationship with Sri Lanka once the Government  makes better progress toward reconciliation and accountability.

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal expressed this view while speaking at the Harvard University, the US State Department said.

Biswal noted that while Sri Lanka has fortunately ended its civil war, reconciliation in the island has proved to be challenging.

She recalled that following the March UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, the US continues to call for credible efforts to ensure accountability and justice.

Biswal was speaking on the topic ‘U.S. Foreign Policy in South Asia: A Vision for Prosperity and Security’ during which she also spoke about other countries in the region including India.

“I assure you the United States is as engaged as ever across the Asian continent. President Obama and Secretary Kerry have said that the United States will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future,” she said.

Biswal said that today is clearly a time of great dynamism across South Asia, with elections and transitions that have been unfolding over the past year and concluding over the next few months.

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