Meeks, McCaul Urge State Department to Prioritize Political Solution in Engagement with Sri Lanka

The Honorable Antony J. Blinken
Secretary of State
United States Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Blinken:

The U.S.-Sri Lanka relationship is a critical one for U.S. foreign policy and national
security interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Sri Lanka faces several challenges – from an
impending financial crisis to an unresolved ethnic conflict – that could affect long-term stability.
Since the end of Sri Lanka’s almost 30-year civil war, this committee has demonstrated an
interest in ensuring that U.S. policy continue to support reconciliation and accountability, while
also addressing the root causes of the conflict. We strongly urge the State Department to refocus its efforts in Sri Lanka to emphasize the importance of a substantive and durable political


solution.
The United States has rightly championed justice and human rights in Sri Lanka.
Advancing these values will require solutions to political questions that remain unanswered years
after the end of the civil war, including the meaningful devolution of power in an undivided Sri
Lanka. We urge the Department to support the government’s engagement with opposition
parties, including Tamils and Muslims, to find such solutions.
While the Sri Lankan people should lead the debate, the Department should make it clear
that the United States stands ready to support and facilitate this effort. Ultimately, however, it is
imperative that any outcome is determined by and meets the needs of all citizens in Sri Lanka,
including the Tamil and Muslim people.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter. We look forward to
your timely response.

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