U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE CHRISTINA
ROCCA TO VISIT SRI LANKA
US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca is scheduled
to visit Sri Lanka on 12th and 13th May 2003 at the invitation
of the Prime Minister. She is part of the delegation of Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage visiting Afghanistan, India
and Pakistan and will visit Sri Lanka at the conclusion of those
Deputy Secretary of State Armitage will lead the US delegation
to the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri
Lanka to be held next month which is being co-chaired by the US.
The present visit is a follow up to the successful Pre-Tokyo
Seminar held in Washington in April 2003 hosted by the State Department.
Ms. Roccas visit signifies the continuing support of the
US Government to the peace process. This visit follows her earlier
visit to Sri Lanka in March 2003.
She will also discuss during the visit bilateral relations in
the context of the deepening ties between Washington and Colombo.
Ms. Rocca is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister
and members of the negotiating team including Ministers G.L. Peiris,
Milinda Moragoda and Rauf Hakeem among others.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
02 May 2003