SRI LANKAN AMBASSADOR ATTENDS SWEARING-IN-CEREMONY
FOR US SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
One of Five Ambassadors Invited to Participate
Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United States Devinda R. Subasinghe
was among a group of five select Ambassadors in Washington DC
who were invited to attend the Swearing-In-Ceremony for Secretary
of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice on Friday January 28, 2005 at the
Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was sworn in by Supreme Court
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the presence of President George
Addressing the gathering, President Bush said, “Colin Powell
leaves big shoes to fill at the State Department, but Condi Rice
is the right person to fill them. As National Security Advisor,
she has led during a time when events not of our choosing have
forced America to the leading edge of history. Condi has an abiding
belief in the power of democracy to secure justice and liberty,
and the inclusion of men and women of all races and religions
in the courses that free nations chart for themselves.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in her remarks said, “in
all that lies ahead, the primary instrument of American diplomacy
will be the Department of State, and the dedicated men and women
of its foreign and civil services and our foreign service nationals.
More than half a century ago, Dean Acheson and his officers stood
present at the creation, in helping President Truman secure a
world half free, while hoping that there would one day be a world
Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe in his meeting with Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice following the Swearing-In-Ceremony,
was assured of continued US support for Sri Lanka.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
28 January 2005