Mangala, Power discuss expanding Lanka’s role in peacekeeping

MFA-meets-Amb.-Power-701x769Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power had talks on issues related to Sri Lanka.

During the talks the top US official and Samaraweera had also discussed the possibility of expanding Sri Lanka’s role in UN peacekeeping operations.

Samaraweera, who is in the US, also met other foreign diplomats based in New York and briefed them on the latest developments in Sri Lanka.

Samaraweera will tomorrow attend a discussion at the US Institute of Peace, co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, on how the initiatives to advance reconciliation, post-conflict development and stronger democratic institutions are progressing.

The Foreign Minister will offer an update on the progress towards sustainable peace in Sri Lanka, including plans for economic development. The remarks will be followed by a moderated discussion and a question-and-answer period with the audience.

Nisha Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs will also attend the event. (Colombo Gazette)