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US Top Diplomat Robert O Blake Meets Jaffna Commander
[Updated :: 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.

The visiting 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 Palaly.

Later, Commander 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
fast track.

The high 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.

Special Assistant 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.


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