Russia, China, United States officials to visit Sri Lanka


Three top officials from Russia, China, and the United States will be visiting Sri Lanka, the Government Information Department said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation – Sergey Lavrov; Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor – Wang Yi; and U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs – Alice Wells will visit Sri Lanka this week.

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to Sri Lanka on January. He will meet with President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa on January 14, in Colombo. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister of Foreign Relations, Dinesh Gunawardena, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The Russian Minister plans to discuss the current state of Russian-Sri Lankan relations, the prospects for promoting political dialogue, the development of cooperation in trade, economic, humanitarian and other fields, as well as consider expanding the bilateral legal framework, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The Russian and Sri Lanka Foreign Ministers will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon before Mr. Lavrov departs for New Delhi.

China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi arrives in Colombo today, January 13, on a brief official visit. He will meet Minister of Foreign Relations, Dinesh Gunawardena at the Ministry on the same day.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells will be in Sri Lanka on January 13 and 14, the U.S. Department of State announced.

During the two-day visit to Colombo, the U.S. top official will meet with senior government officials and members of civil society to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, including shared interests in a free and open Indo-Pacific region that fosters prosperity, democracy, justice, and human rights, the U.S. Department of State said.