Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana who was on an official visit to the United States from May 15-17, met with U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on May 16.
The Minister expressed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for U.S. support in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, and the continuing support for Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism. On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, he expressed condolences on the death of five U.S. citizens among whom was an official of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Minister Marapana and Secretary Pompeo welcomed the approval of a $480 million Millennium Challenge Compact, which would support economic development in Sri Lanka. They also discussed the U.S.–Sri Lanka relationship and future cooperation.
Later, Minister Marapana led the Sri Lankan delegation to the third United States–Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue. The Partnership Dialogue provides regular and structured engagement to review and strengthen bilateral relations. The joint statement from the Partnership Dialogue is attached.
During the visit, Foreign Minister Marapana also met with the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.