US Assistant Secretary Blake to visit Sri Lanka next week

Sept 09, Washington, DC: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. will travel to Sri Lanka next week.

The U. S. State Department said Thursday in a media note that Blake will travel to Sri Lanka and India September 12-16, 2011.

“He will meet with government officials, civil society representatives, university students and political leaders while in Sri Lanka,” the note said.

“In India, Assistant Secretary Blake will meet with Government of India interlocutors and have internal consultations with staff at U.S. Embassy New Delhi,” it added.

The media note did not specifically say when Blake will be in Sri Lanka. However media reports citing State Department sources earlier said Blake has rescheduled his cancelled visit to Sri Lanka for September 14.

He was scheduled to arrive in Colombo on August 29 for a three-day visit but the trip was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene.

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