The US ambassador concluded his first visit to the North
US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie J. Chung visited Jaffna from April 24 to 27. He was the ambassador to northern Sri Lanka during his initial visit, in which he said he had "gained a better understanding of the impact of the war and human rights concerns".The US Embassy in Colombo said in a statement issued yesterday (27).
It was essential for me to visit the North at the beginning of my tenure as ambassador. During this visit, I explored the history of the region and asked people directly about their challenges and opportunities, ”said Ambassador Chung.
I understand the impact of the war and human rights concerns and the current economic situation in the North.
This is Ambassador Sung's second official visit outside Colombo. His first trip was to Kandy.
According to the report, Chung was in Jaffna to discuss the political and security situation in the North during the current economic crisis and to hold courtesy calls with the Governor of the Northern Province and the Commander of the Security Forces Headquarters in Jaffna.
He was involved with civil society and met with the families of the missing and missing. The Ambassador underlined the importance of the current efforts for justice and accountability for national reconciliation and unity.
During the meeting with Tamil politicians, Ambassador Chung discussed human rights and administrative challenges. To highlight the importance of religious diversity in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Chung also met with representatives of various religious communities and visited places of worship.
Ambassador Chung met with representatives of the business community to learn about their current challenges and efforts for economic recovery. He noted the potential for improving the local business of diaspora investment. In addition, the ambassador also visited a US-funded demining project that makes land accessible to local communities.
Ambassador Chung met with the University of Jaffna faculty and discussed the Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation for the Graduation and Archaeological Museum Lab building their new peace. He also visited the US-funded palm leaf replica conservation project at the Jaffna Library.
Before returning to Colombo, Ambassador Chung met with local youth leaders in the US corner in Jaffna to learn about their perspectives on the path to an inclusive and prosperous future for all Sri Lankans.
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