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Obama’s Special Envoy meets Mahinda Rajapaksa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 19:10 No Comment]

Special Envoy to US President Barack Obama, Samantha Power, met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees Tuesday and discussed the post war situation in Sri Lanka. Ms. Power is a special advisor to President Obama and a senior Director of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the National Security Council, media sources in Colombo reported.

David Pressman, Director for war crimes atrocities and civilian protection of the US National Security Council, Ms. Patricia A Butenis Ambassador of the US Embassy in Sri Lanka, Professor G.L. Peiris Minister of External Affairs and Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga also took part in the discussion, the reports added.

Following is the press statement issued by the US Embassy in Colombo:

Senior White House Officials Visiting Sri Lanka

Colombo, June 15, 2010: Two senior foreign policy advisors to President Obama are visiting Sri Lanka from June 14-18. Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President on Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights and David Pressman, National Security Council Director for War Crimes and Atrocities, will meet with senior government officials and members of civil society in Colombo, Jaffna, and Batticaloa. The visit aims to continue last month’s productive dialogue between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, in which both leaders discussed Sri Lanka’s path through economic renewal, accountability, and reconciliation to greater peace, prosperity, and a stronger partnership with the United States.

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