United States Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome Ambassador Cindy McCain arrived in Sri Lanka this evening.
Ambassador Cindy McCain will remain in the island until the 28th of September and during her stay she will highlight US food assistance programs in Sri Lanka and reinforce the US commitment and lasting partnership with Sri Lanka.
In addition to meeting with senior government officials and aid organisations in Colombo, Ambassador McCain will join US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung to travel to Central Province to visit schools, agricultural research facilities, and community organisations and meet with recipients and implementers of relief provided through US government-funded humanitarian assistance programs.
The United States is the single largest country donor to the three United Nations food and agriculture agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Program (WFP).
The US Embassy in Colombo said, the US-funded UN projects showcase how the US government, the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies, and the government of Sri Lanka collaborate to reduce food insecurity and advance humanitarian relief, livelihood protection, and agriculture-led economic growth, especially at this critical time of increased global hunger.
The United States has provided partnership and assistance to the people and government of Sri Lanka for more than 70 years.