US envoy’s visit to SL delayed

13 January 2014 03:44 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Nisha Desai Biswal the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs has arrived in Dhaka on Saturday. � Embassy of the US in DhakaThe diplomatic-row between the United States (US) and India has delayed the planned visit of United States (US) Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal to Sri Lanka this month, it is learnt.

Earlier, she was supposed to come to Sri Lanka after a visit to India. However, the diplomat spat between India and the US, triggered by the arrest of Indian Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade, had delayed her visit to India. Ms. Khobragade was accused of lying on an application for her housekeeper's work visa, over-reporting the amount of money the housekeeper was paid.  India has responded to the US act through various measures.

Ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session, the US had sought to send Ms. Biswal to Sri Lanka after talks with Indian leaders on the Sri Lanka issue among others.

Ms. Biswal, who was appointed to the post by US President Barak Obama, was to arrive in the country during the second week of January. However,   the US authorities have indicated to Sri Lanka that she will come by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador at Large on war crimes Stephen J. Rapp visited Sri Lanka from January 6-11 to meet with government and political leaders, civil society, and to tour former conflict zones.  He learnt about the progress made since the conflict ended, as well as the Sri Lankan people's continued desire, for reconciliation, justice and accountability.

A statement from the embassy said, “During Ambassador Rapp's discussions, he listened to eyewitness accounts about serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including those that occurred at the end of the war. In that context, the government of the United States encourages the government of Sri Lanka to seek the truth through independent and credible investigations, and where relevant, have prosecutions.

The United States remains committed to working with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote greater peace and prosperity for all of the people of Sri Lanka. It is vital that all sides come to an agreement on events, have appropriate redress, and move forward as a unified country that upholds the rule of law and respects the principles of democratic governance.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 13

  • Don Simon Monday, 13 January 2014 02:34 PM

    She should be stripped search when she visit India to find out how the things with Indian American

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 13 January 2014 05:21 AM

    So you mean criminal hench-aiya's from Sri Lanka will do a honest job.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:07 AM

    Her visit is delayed because the US is busy getting theirs asses kicked by India.

    dickey bird Tuesday, 14 January 2014 06:21 AM

    Mokada parakku or pramadaya ?

    Ranjith Silvar Monday, 13 January 2014 06:53 AM

    Something wrong in our External Affairs.

    Truth Monday, 13 January 2014 06:16 PM

    All Indians living abroad aren't tamilians.. I am sure she is more than qualified to hold her post. Many Indians hold prominent posts in US!!!

    Suddha Monday, 13 January 2014 07:04 AM

    If are at fault that is why we are at s...

    rakavan Monday, 13 January 2014 07:30 AM

    Did you mean internal affairs???

    ind Monday, 13 January 2014 04:09 AM

    All TN goons in US top posts. Does US is so bankrupt to appoint these fellows to these posts. Couldn't they find qualified people from their own ??

    SHEHAN Monday, 13 January 2014 08:41 AM

    She cannot be fro Tamil Nadu. She looks like a Indian American but all Indian are not from Tamil Nadu. There are many educated Indians in US.

    ANTON Monday, 13 January 2014 04:33 AM


    VVIP Monday, 13 January 2014 08:54 AM

    Script search at BIA -arrivals...without delay....pls.

    George Clonney Monday, 13 January 2014 04:42 AM

    All these visits only goes to show that SL is in deeeeppp trouble.

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