Robert Blake calls on President
United States Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central
Asia, Robert O. Blake paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda
Rajapaksa at the President's House last morning (July 21). He was
accompanied by US Ambassador Patricia Butenis.
President Rajapaksa and Blake exchanged views on bilateral relations
during the breakfast meeting. External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris,
Secretary to the President, Lalith Weerathunga and Treasury Secretary Dr
P B Jayasundara also participated in the discussions. The two sides
examined ways and means of further strengthening bilateral relations
between Sri Lanka and the United States and identified several areas for
the expansion of bilateral cooperation. The US Assistant Secretary
offered to increase training facilities for Sri Lankan officials and
others in the United States.
Blake is scheduled to hold further discussions with Minister of
External Affairs, Prof Peiris and other officials during his visit.