Samantha Power in SL

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon for a three-day official visit.

Ambassador Samantha Power is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.

She formerly served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council.

During her visit, Ambassador Power will highlight the United States’ commitment to strengthening the bilateral partnership, and she will underscore U.S. support for the country’s efforts toward reconciliation, accountability, and lasting peace in the aftermath of a devastating civil war.

In Colombo, she will meet with senior government officials, community leaders, civil society groups, and youth.

Power will also travel to the northern city of Jaffna to meet with local government officials and organizations and communities affected by the conflict. There, she will meet with members of the local press corps, including by visiting the headquarters of Uthayan newspaper, which was targeted during the war.

Ambassador Power will also participate in the inauguration of a new wing of Osmania College, which suffered significant damage during the conflict, as well as tour the Jaffna Library, where she will announce U.S. support for the local restoration of ancient Tamil manuscripts.

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