Foreign Affairs Minister M.U.M. Ali Sabry, PC paid an official visit to Washington D.C. from November 30 where he met with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. They held discussions at the Department of State on Friday (2), where they focused on further elevating Sri Lanka-U.S. relations in diverse spheres, including the 75th Anniversary of diplomatic relations marked in 2023.
In addition to the meeting with Secretary Blinken, the Embassy of Sri Lanka to the U.S. facilitated further interactions during the visit which included meetings with key U.S. interlocutors including political leaders from both the House of Representatives and the Senate representing both major parties and high officials of the State Department.
Minister Ali Sabry met with a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Bill Hagerty, (Republican-ennessee). He had talks with members of Congress Rep. Bill Johnson (Republican – Ohio), Co-Chair of the Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (Democrat – Illinois) who has shown an interest in Sri Lanka.
The Minister also had a meeting with Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power and expressed his appreciation of USAID for their generous support to Sri Lanka. He met with Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Ambassador Uzra Zeya, who was accompanied by Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the Department of State Afreen Akhter. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka in United States Mahinda Samarasinghe along with diplomatic officers of the Embassy of Sri Lanka and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also associated with the Foreign Minister at the meetings.