US seeks 31 million to assist reconciliation efforts in Lanka

The United States, State Department is seeking $31 million through the White House budget to assist the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.The State Department noted that US assistance to Sri Lanka has entered a new era and in the Financial Year 2017, US assistance will be used to strengthen governance, democratic reform, and the rule of law by promoting and protecting human rights, strengthening justice sector institutions, and supporting civilsociety organizations. The State Department said that FY 2017 resources will also be used to encourage reconciliation efforts and support anti-corruption activities. To help increase economic stability, US assistance will also work to improve economic governance and growth, while supporting livelihoods and promoting trade. (Colombo Gazette)

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