A High-powered Delegation of U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretaries to Visit Sri Lanka and Maldives
A high-powered delegation of U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretaries will be on a six-day visit to Sri Lanka and Maldives. They are expected to dig deep into the current political situations especially in Sri Lanka to file a position report which might provide a background platform for Obama’s administration on Sri Lanka.
The delegation according a to a press release consists of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman will travel to Sri Lanka and Maldives from January 26-February 1, 2013.
A latest press release from the US Embassy in Colombo reveals that “In Sri Lanka they will meet with senior Sri Lankan officials, members of various political parties as well as civil society to discuss a wide range of issues, including progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations and National Action Plan. In Maldives they will meet government officials and members of political parties to continue support for a way forward that respects Maldivian democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the will of the Maldivian people in the run up to this year’s presidential elections.”
The US Embassy in Colombo also has provided the background information of the visiting Deputy Secretaries -
James R. Mooreis a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs since September 2010. Mr. Moore was previously the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo from 2006 to 2009.
Jane B. Zimmerman is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Religious Freedom.
Vikram J. Singh is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Mr. Singh serves as the principal advisor to senior leadership within the Department of Defense for all policy matters pertaining to development and implementation of defense strategies and plans for the region.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Moore: http://www.state.gov/p/sca/rls/147040.htm
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Singh: http://www.defense.gov/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=340
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Zimmerman: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/bios/198397.htm
- Asian Tribune -