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Obama, Kariyawasam express views

2014 Jul 16

The President of the United States of America Barack Obama and the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam expressed views on Sri Lanka, during a brief meeting between the two at the White House.

Kariyawasam presented his credentials to Obama at the Oval Office of the White House last afternoon, the White House said.

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…..”

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, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington said.

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

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