US delegation meets president to discuss economic crisis

The high-level delegation representing the US State Department and the US Treasury Department met with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa not long ago.

Members of the delegation include Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Asia Robert Kaproth and Ambassador Kelly Keiderling, who is also Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.

Robert Kaproth of the US Treasury, Kelly Keiderling of the US State Department and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung had met with President Rajapaksa to discuss the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

“These are challenging times, but we continue to provide long-term assistance and partnership to help Sri Lanka achieve a prosperous, secure and democratic future,” Ambassador Chung said in a tweet.

The visiting delegation also had a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Prime Minister’s office this morning (27).

The delegation, made up of officials from the US Treasury Department and the US State Department, had arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday morning for a three-day visit.

Visitors are expected to meet a wide range of political officials, economists and international organizations in Sri Lanka from June 26-29, the US Embassy in Colombo said.

At all of their meetings, they should explore the most effective ways for the United States to support Sri Lankans in need, with Sri Lankans working to resolve the current economic crisis, and Sri Lankans planning for a sustainable and inclusive economy for the world. ‘coming.

Over the past two weeks, the United States has announced $120 million in new funding for Sri Lankan small and medium-sized businesses, a $27 million contribution to Sri Lanka’s dairy industry, and humanitarian assistance $5.75 million to help those hardest hit by the economic crisis.

The United States also committed $6 million in new grants to provide livelihood assistance for vulnerable populations and financial reform technical assistance that will help stabilize the economy.

In the months ahead, the United States will continue to support Sri Lankans as they revive their economy, fight food insecurity, and promote public health and education, the embassy said.

The United States said it also strongly supports Sri Lanka’s decision to seek assistance from the International Monetary Fund, which can provide the most lasting solution to the current crisis.

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