Skip Navigation
UPDATED: 24 Aug 2009 GMT
Regional News
More News From The Embassy

U.S. Government funding benefits 200,000 IDPs in the North
August 19, 2009: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is providing $2 million for short-term assistance to benefit 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). This brings USAID’s contribution of non-food aid assistance this year to a total of $8 million.

$6 Million to Support Demining in Northern Sri Lanka
August 19, 2009: The U.S. Government is contributing an additional $6 million for demining activities in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province to help people displaced by the conflict return to their homes as quickly as possible.

U.S. Consular Officer Urges Foreign Employment Agents
August 10, 2009: In a speech given at the Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), U.S. Vice Consul Joel Wiegert urged foreign employment agents to do everything possible to prevent their clients from becoming victims of human trafficking.

Donation of $15 million (Rs. 1.724 billion) of food aid
August 10, 2009: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a new donation of $15 million (Rs. 1.724 billion) of food aid to support the early return of people displaced by the conflict in the North.

Chargé d’affaires James R. Moore presents $14.3 million of food aid to Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Special Advisor to the President and Member of Parliament.

Additional funds to WFP’s Sri Lanka operations
14 July, 2009: A donation from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), consisting of US$14 million (Rs.1, 600 million) worth of food supplies, has been warmly hailed by the United Nations World Food Programme.

President Obama

Remarks by President Obama at Russian Civil Society Summit
7July, 2009: It is a great pleasure to be with all of you. Through the work that you do, you underscore what I believe is a fundamental truth in the 21st century: that strong, vibrant nations include strong, vibrant civil societies.

President Obama addresses Russian graduates

President Obama Addresses Russian Graduates
July 7, 2009: On the second day of his visit to Russia, President Obama addressed Russian graduates of Moscow's New Economic School with a keynote speech.

More News from Washington

United States Condemns Rebel Actions in Sri Lanka
23 April 2009 - The United States has condemned the fighting in Sri Lanka, where thousands of civilians are being held hostage and many others are without supplies or medical care.

Ambassador Rice’s Remarks at U.N. Security Council on Sri Lanka
23, April 2009 - Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative, on the situation in Sri Lanka, at the Security Council stakeout, April 22, 2009

U.S., International Tsunami Efforts Continue in Indian Ocean
27 February 2009 - Washington — Four years after the deadliest tsunami in recorded history took the lives of 227,898 people and displaced 1.7 million, the coastal nations of the Indian Ocean, with help from the United States and other countries, have created a small margin of safety for themselves against a future onslaught by the sea.

Refugee Admissions Program for Near East and South Asia
06 February 2009 - Since 1980, over 191,000 refugees from Near Eastern and South Asian countries have been resettled in the United States.

Rice pledges new era in U.S. support for human rights
29 January 2009 - Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, US Permanent Representative, on Respect for International Humanitarian Law, in the Security Council.