US top official holds talks with Sri Lanka’s opposition

United States’ Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Lu, currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, engaged in discussions with leaders representing various political factions, including opposition parties like the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and the National Peoples’ Power (NPP). 

These meetings, held on Monday (13), saw the participation of US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung, aiming to garner insights into Sri Lanka’s upcoming elections, perspectives on economic recovery, and the nation’s future trajectory.

Ambassador Chung, sharing insights on 'X', emphasized the importance of these interactions in understanding the diverse perspectives within Sri Lanka's political landscape. 

The discussions with NPP representatives delved into critical issues such as the country's economic challenges, the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), ensuring the integrity of upcoming elections, and enhancing security in the Indian Ocean region.

Key members of the NPP Executive Committee, including Wasantha Samarasinghe, Vijitha Herath, and Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa, participated in the dialogue, reflecting the party's commitment to engaging with international stakeholders on matters of national importance.

In a separate discussion attended by the SJB parliamentarians led by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, the Assistant Secretary of State and Sri Lanka’s main opposition party had discussed enhancing the ongoing partnership between Sri Lanka and the United States.

The Opposition Leader has also appealed to Mr. Lu for assistance in addressing the country’s current financial challenges.