The US has vehemently refuted media reports, which claimed that the US has softened its stand on Sri Lanka with regard to the human rights situation in the country.
Earlier this week it was reported in Daily Mirror quoting ‘government sources’ that President Rajapaksa has told during a Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry were ‘fruitful’ and that it has made him realize that the US has softened its stance on Sri Lanka.
A news item published in the Indian News Agency – PTI however, has quoted the State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki as stating that the only facts that are accurate in the reports is the fact that US Secretary of State John Kerry did meet President on the margins of the UN General Assembly.
“He did so with the express purpose conveying that US policy with regard to Sri Lanka has not changed and it certainly changed and it certainly has not softened,” she noted.
She has gone on to state that the US would like the relations with Sri Lanka to reach its full potential but has emphasized on the fact that it would happen only if Sri Lanka builds ensuring peace and prosperity for all ethnic and religious communities.
“And that is why the Secretary in no uncertain terms, made clear to the President that Sri Lanka needed to take meaningful steps to act like a country that is no longer at war and instead is now building a future that includes all of its citizens. So it certainly had the opposite purpose,” Psaki has remarked.