Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal is to visit Sri Lanka from 31 January – 02 February 2015. Assistant Secretary Biswal is to meet with Sri Lankan officials to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues. During her visit Assistant Secretary Biswal will also travel to Jaffna, where she will meet with Northern Provincial Council officials and civil society leaders.
Assistant Secretary Biswal will then travel to London for meetings with officials of the British Government on 03 February. She will also travel to Geneva, for meetings regarding US intention to sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka in the March session of the UN Human Rights Council. This resolution will build upon previous resolutions in 2012 and 2013, and will urge Sri Lanka to do more to promote reconciliation, justice and accountability in the wake of the civil conflict.
The US Assistant Secretary’s visit will precede Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s trip to Washington for meetings with Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials.