The Under Secretary for Political Affairs of the US State Department Victoria Nuland arrived in Sri Lanka, on a two day official visit, last night.
Five other senior officials are reportedly part of the US delegation.
NewsRadio airport correspondent said the US delegation arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 7.30pm yesterday from New Delhi, onboard an Air India flight.
The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka was present at the VIP lounge of the BIA to welcome the delegation.
It was reported that a team of American troops arrived in the country ahead of the Under Secretary’s visit to ensure security.
Under Secretary Nuland oversees regional and bilateral policy issues at the US State Department.
During her visit, Under Secretary Nuland will call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister GL Peiris, and Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage.
Minister Peiris and Under Secretary Nuland will co-chair the 4th session of the Sri Lanka-US Partnership Dialogue at the Foreign Ministry today.
In addition, Under Secretary Nuland is scheduled to visit the Colombo Port and meet the business community and civil society.
The Sri Lanka-US Partnership Dialogue was last held in 2019 in Washington DC.
The Foreign Ministry said the Partnership Dialogue is an important platform to review bilateral relations and explore avenues to further strengthen the cooperation and partnership between Sri Lanka and the US.
The Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department, Donald Lu and the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Amanda Dory will accompany Under Secretary Nuland on the visit.