Colombo, June 27 (newsin.asia): A high-level US diplomatic delegation, which is currently in Sri Lanka met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday. The delegation stated that the US Government will continue to strengthen the relationship with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at all levels. The delegations comprises officials belonging to the US State Department and the US Treasury.
President Gotabaya commended the delegation for their visit and briefed them on the current economic and social crisis in the country. The President also briefed them on the progress of the ongoing discussions with the International Monetary Fund.
Kelly Keiderling, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department State and Robert Kaproth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Asia, U.S. Department of Treasury stated that US President Joe Biden is very interested in the future of Sri Lanka.
The US President has instructed that Sri Lanka should be supported in this difficult period and all possible assistance to the country should be extended.
The delegation expressed confidence that with the implementation of the program with the International Monetary Fund, relief to the vulnerable families and will continue to have a positive impact on the future.
They said that they were pleased with the similarities between the President’s understanding and their understanding of the economic reform process taking place in the country.
The delegation commended the President on the free space given to anyone to express their opinions without any hindrance to the right to freedom of expression.
The US government has provided US $ 100 million as medium-term assistance to Commercial Bank to promote and uplift small scale businesses and also US$ 5.75 million and another US$ 6 million for humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka.