US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. It was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years. Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hosted the visiting Secretary of State and delegation to lunch at the Temple Trees. Later official bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Secretary Kerry stated “In this journey to restore your democracy, the American people stand with you.” He was supportive of the new government and their view to create a better Sri Lanka.