Top Diplomat Robert O Blake Meets Jaffna Commander
:: 2011-09-13 17:28:03 Hours]
His Excellency Robert O Blake, Assistant Secretary of United States
for South and Central Asian Affairs and former United States Ambassador
to Sri Lanka and the Maldives arrived in Jaffna Tuesday (13) on
a one day visit.
senior US diplomat, accompanied by several senior officials of
the US Department of State and the Embassy, was received by the
Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda
Hathurusinghe on his arrival in the Headquarters SF-J office at
SF-J explained Mr. Blake and his retinue humanitarian assistance
being extended by the Army to Jaffna civilians to uplift their
quality of life while assisting the civil administrative authorities
and Police when and where necessary. Mr. Robert O Blake expressed
his satisfaction about fast de-mining process being carried out
by the Army with assistance of other foreign agencies and early
resettlement of all IDPs in Jaffna. He also pleased with the effort
taken by the government to develop infrastructure in Jaffna on
level diplomatic team met Bishop Jaffna Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Soundranayagam,
senior administrative officials of the Jaffna District Secretariat
and visited a few places before leaving for Colombo.
US Department of State Ms Kristin Roberts, Deputy Chief of Mission
US Embassy Ms Valerie Fowler and Political Officer US Embassy
Mr. Jacob Chriqui also included the delegation.