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The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka in a release commemorating the Independence Day of the country, said that the relations between Sri Lanka and the US are at a “historic high”.

Ambassador AtulKeshap in his statement observed that he was “constantly reminded of the common principles our two countries share that make us natural allies and partners.”

In his statement he states that the US government applauds  “the dramatic transformation made possible by Sri Lankan voters, and we appreciate the government’s efforts to uphold and protect fundamental freedoms.”

Below is the full statement

U.S.-Sri Lankan Relations at a Historic High: July 4 th Message by U.S. Ambassador AtulKeshap
Each year on July 4th, Americans all around the world gather with friends and family to celebrate our Independence Day, honoring the date in 1776 when our country’s founders gathered in Philadelphia to imagine a self-governing democracy where all people, having been created equal, would be entitled to life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  In that era, our founding fathers boldly articulated that their American Dream would include fundamental liberties, including freedom of religion, assembly, speech, and association.  Such audacious thoughts would lead Americans to overcome injustices like slavery and continue our progress towards, in the words of our Constitution, “a more perfect union.”

In my first year as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, I am constantly reminded of the common principles our two countries share that make us natural allies and partners.  We applaud the dramatic transformation made possible by Sri Lankan voters, and we appreciate the government’s efforts to uphold and protect fundamental freedoms.  We support efforts to promote needed constitutional reform and national reconciliation so that all Sri Lankans can enjoy equal rights, equal opportunities, and the full benefits of post-conflict development and prosperity, regardless of their ethnicity or place of birth. 

As fellow democracies bound by shared beliefs in universal freedoms, U.S.-Sri Lankan relations are at a historic high. Our Independence Day reflects our citizens' decision to determine their own choices and future direction.  It was a victory led not just by visionary leaders, but by many of their fellow citizens who fought for these freedoms. 

I see the same dedication in the Sri Lankan people as they seek to transform their country into a united, reconciled, peaceful, prosperous nation with equal opportunity for all, regardless of ethnicity or religion.  Bound by our values and strong people-to-people ties, the United States has always stood with the people of Sri Lanka, and will work together with you to restore Sri Lanka’s rightful place as a democratic and peaceful nation, and a strong contributor to global prosperity and stability.

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  • anands Monday, 04 July 2016 05:37 PM

    Commended by most countries due to transformation to good governance. Keep it up yahapalanaya. via DM Android App

    Hiran Monday, 04 July 2016 06:01 PM

    You can kiss alll those values your forefathers stood for good bye when Trump comes into power.

    sam Monday, 04 July 2016 10:08 AM

    Ofcourse Sri Lanka is being dictated to and are bending backwards to accommodate US

    Ramsay Monday, 04 July 2016 11:11 AM

    the closer you get to the fire the more you get burnt

    kk Monday, 04 July 2016 01:47 PM

    get ready to FALL via DM Android App

    melda Monday, 04 July 2016 02:08 PM

    whats the point of historic high if they cannot give us a loan.... via DM Android App

    rosebud Monday, 04 July 2016 02:35 PM

    Nearly died laughing via DM Android App

    Sheri Monday, 04 July 2016 03:43 PM

    We can drop you like a bomb if we want - but for now, do what we say and higher you go :)


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