Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs Sri Lanka

2020-10-28 at 14:22

Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for a brief visit, left the island this afternoon.

NewsRadio airport correspondent said the US delegation left the Bandaranaike International Airport on a special flight at 1.06pm.

Our correspondent said a group of officials of the Foreign Ministry and the US Embassy in Colombo were at the BIA at the time of departure.

During his visit, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held discussions with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and several others.

During his visit, Mike Pompeo said Sri Lanka must continue to be a sovereign, independent and successful state.

Speaking at a joint media briefing with Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, visiting Secretary of State Pompeo said the US hopes Sri Lanka gains sustainable development.

He noted that Sri Lanka and the US have a shared democratic vision, including for free and open shipping lanes for trade and travel.

Pompeo claimed his visit to Sri Lanka was aimed at discussing ways that the two countries can build relationships for US private companies to witness opportunities in Sri Lanka.

The US Secretary also commended Sri Lanka’s industries in assisting in PPE manufacturing for the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that consistency in transparency and good governance will attract more investors to Sri Lanka.