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With change in Sri Lanka, US eyes deeper ties

2015-02-03 08:28:10       source:Yahoo News

February 2, 2015


"The surprise defeat of Sri Lanka's authoritarian leader and the new government's early steps to end repression have stirred U.S. hopes that the South Asian island nation can revive ties with Washington and distance itself to some degree from China.

The United States takes an important step toward rebuilding the relationship when its top diplomat for South Asia, Nisha Biswal, travels to Colombo on Monday. It is the first visit by a senior State Department official since Maithripala Sirisena won Jan. 8 elections. Sri Lanka's new foreign minister is expected to visit Washington this month."


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