US Congress delegation and President Sirisena hold talks

President Sirisena, expressing his satisfaction over the strength of the bilateral relations between the two countries, said that that the Government of Sri Lanka is committed to further strengthen relations with the US, especially in the economic and investment spheres. Their aim was to promote an on-going partnership between the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) and the Sri Lanka Parliament while  strengthening democratic institutions and deepening bilateral relations. During the call, leader of the HDP Group Congressman Peter Roskam expressed his admiration on behalf of US House of Representatives for the transformative process that the President has led after his election two years ago.He said that measures taken for reconciliation, development of the country, good governance and citizen’s right are laudable. He said that USA will stand by Sri Lanka in its challenging journey towards economic development. A bi-partisan group of representatives of the United States Congress visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat.Accordingly, Congressman Peter Roskam (Chair – Republican), Congressman David Price (Democrat), Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (Democrat) and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican) met the President. The delegation was accompanied by Atul Keshap, Ambassador for USA, and Prasad Kariyawasam Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in USA. (Colombo Gazette)