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Sri Lanka envoy meets Kerry, seeks stronger ties with US

Sri Lankan foreign minister meets John Kerry, seeks stronger ties with US

Sri Lanka envoy meets Kerry, seeks stronger ties with US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sri Lanka says it wants to revive strong relations with the U.S. that were strained under the previous government.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was meeting Thursday with Secretary of State John Kerry.

His visit comes a month after the election defeat of former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who ended a civil war but faced international isolation for failing to probe civilian deaths.

Under Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka deepened ties with U.S. strategic rival, China.

Kerry said it is an exciting moment for Sri Lanka, with the possibility for greater accountability, respect for human rights and action against corruption.

Sri Lanka will likely seek U.S. support for delaying findings of a U.N. investigation into war crimes, due in March.

The report will be politically sensitive ahead of June parliamentary elections.


Updated : 2021-09-22 04:24 GMT+08:00