U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning in Colombo and discussed several issues, including the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, post-COVID-19 economic challenges and ongoing collaborations.

At the meeting, the Prime Minister requested for U.S. assistance for Sri Lanka’s apparel sector, noting that some of Sri Lanka’s major apparel-sector companies are now manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help meet global demand, a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The Ambassador had greed to follow-up on this request and informed the Prime Minister that the Embassy is already working with companies in different sectors to connect them with buyers in the United States. She said the US would like to see Sri Lanka’s multinational companies as well as SMEs successfully overcome the crisis.

Speaking about the COVID-19 situation in the country, Ambassador Teplitz said, “We’re always hopeful that the public health situation gets better. We want to remain a steadfast partner.”

The delegations also discussed upcoming elections in both countries and pending projects that the two countries will follow-up on as soon as the COVID-19 situation is under control.