FOREIGN MINISTER LAKSHMAN KADIRGAMAR TO VISIT
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Minister Kadirgamar to meet with Secretary
of State Powell and National Security Advisor Rice during the
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka, Hon.
Lakshman Kadirgamar, will visit Washington DC in the week of May
10, 2004. While in Washington DC, Foreign Minister Kadirgamar
will meet with Secretary of State, Hon. Colin L. Powell and the
National Security Advisor, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, to discuss bilateral
cooperation and peace initiatives of the Government. Current relations
between the two countries are marked by regular, high level contacts
and meaningful bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, investment,
national security and global issues.
Hon. Kadirgamar will apprise the Secretary of State on the policies
of the Government and reiterate its desire to achieve a secure,
just and lasting peace for the benefit of all communities of Sri
Lanka. He will also discuss with, both the Secretary of State
and the National Security Advisor, the status of the ongoing ceasefire
agreement and prospects for resumption of peace talks.
Minister Kadirgamar is also expected to meet with senior officials
of the Department of Defence at the Pentagon, to discuss the ongoing
defence and security relationship and, related issues between
the two countries. He is also scheduled to visit the US Coast
Guard Cutter "Courageous," which is due to be officially
handed over to the Sri Lanka Navy next month.
In meetings with Senior Officials of the Office of the United
States Trade Representative, Minister Kadirgamar will discuss
ways and means to expand and deepen US- Sri Lanka trade and investment
relations. Hon. Kadirgamar is also scheduled to meet with members
of the US-Sri Lanka Working Group established at the United States
Chamber of Commerce to engage them in the current trade and investment
opportunities in the country.
Other meetings include those with Senior Administration Officials,
Senators and Congressmen, and members of the US business community
and the international media. Minister Kadirgamar is also expected
to address the Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan
Americans of the 108th Congress. Yet another highlight of the
visit will be a talk by the Minister at the Brookings Institution
entitled, "Sri Lanka: Current Developments & Future
This visit to Washington DC is the fifth visit by Minister Kadirgamar
as Foreign Minister. His previous visits were in 1995, 1997, 1998,
1999 and 2001.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
08 May 2004