Tamil Diplomat

Kerry in Sri Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Sri Lanka a short while ago. Kerry, the first US secretary of state to visit Sri Lanka in a decade, was received at the Colombo international airport by his Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera.

The top American diplomat will meet President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He will also meet with the leaders of main Tamil party, TNA, and the civil society representatives.

The US expects Lanka to allow the journalists to express freely and return the lands of Tamils in the north acquired by the state for military purposes. It appreciated the new government’s engagement with the UN Human Rights Council and the willingness shown to invite UN special rapporteurs.

Colin Powell was the last US State Department chief to visit Sri Lanka in 2004 in the aftermath of the deadly Indian Ocean Tsunami.