Top American diplomat to travel to Maldives, Sri Lanka – Business Standard

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In a significant development, the State Department announced that it is sending one of its top diplomats to and

During her three-day trip from October 9 to 11, Principal for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells, will reiterate the strong US commitment to its partnerships with and and their shared interests in a prosperous and open Indo-Pacific region, an official statement said Sunday.

In Mal, Wells will meet with officials, the President-Elect, leaders.

“She will offer congratulations on the country’s successful national elections and convey US interest in expanding bilateral cooperation,” the State Department said in a statement.

In Colombo, Wells will meet with Sri Lankan officials and will emphasise the importance of the US- relationship to shared Indo-Pacific goals, with the growing bilateral defense relationship as an area of particular promise.

“She will also urge continued progress on constitutional reform, human rights, reconciliation, and transitional justice and accountability,” the State Department said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 06:00 IST

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