US asks new President to ensure accountability and respect for human rights

  • Tue,19 Nov 2019 01:21:23 PM

Colombo, Nov 19 (BAN/ AD): Gotabaya Rajapaksa New President has been called on by The United States to uphold commitments to ensure accountability, respect for human rights, and non-recurrence of violence.

Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State congratulated the people of Sri Lanka on their democratic election and said U.S. stands ready to work with new President.

Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State said "We call on President Rajapaksa to uphold Sri Lanka's commitments to security sector reform, accountability, respect for human rights, and non-recurrence of violence." He added "Sri Lanka continued to show the strength and resiliency of its democracy with a free, fair, and transparent presidential election befitting Asia's oldest democracy."

The U.S. appreciated the Sri Lankan Elections Commission, Sri Lankan civil society, and the candidates for a peaceful election.

In a statement U.S said "Sri Lanka is a valued partner, and we want to work with the government and people of Sri Lanka to advance cooperation on bilateral and regional issues, including fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific region where all countries can prosper, deepening good governance, and promoting justice, reconciliation, and human rights."

 

 

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