US Assistant Secretary of State Biswal here on Friday
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:16
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will arrive in Sri Lanka on Friday 31 January for a three day visit, the US State Department said today.
Assistant Secretary Biswal will meet with Sri Lankan officials to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues. During her visit Assistant Secretary Biswal will also travel to Jaffna, where she will meet with Northern Provincial Council officials and civil society leaders.
Biswal will then travel to London for meetings with officials from the UK Government on February 3. Britain is to co-sponsor a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in March.
The US State Department said Biswal will also travel to Geneva, for meetings regarding the US intention to sponsor the resolution on Sri Lanka in the March session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Taking over from former Assistant Secretary Robert O. Blake late last year, Biswal the Obama Administration`s South Asia focal point and will direct US Government policy on Sri Lanka. The US will float a third resolution in Geneva in March this year, that is expected to be stronger in tenor than the last two in 2012-2013, urging the Government to investigate allegations of rights abuses and pushing for a final political solution to the conflict.