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Friday, 18 May 2012 - 12:52
Minister GL to meet Hillary Clinton today.
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Minister of External Affars Prof G L Peiris will meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today after a week of talks in Washington that comes after the United States spearheaded a UN resolution in Geneva recently.

Analysts believe that Sri Lanka is looking to ease growing friction with the United States through this meeting.

Prof.Peiris also met with several diplomats during his week long tour.

Addressing the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars he called for "productive" ties with the United States and said he would speak to Hillary Clinton "very openly and very sincerely about what we're achieving in Sri Lanka."

He also said that Sri Lanka has resettled 98% of the people displaced by the war and pointed to the efforts of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

Meanwhile, the minister met with top US national security and trade officials yesterday.

A cordial meeting was held with Samantha Power, a special assistant to US President Barack Obama.

In addition, Minister G L Peiris also met separately with Deputy US Trade Representative, Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, and took part in an extensive discussion on trade and the economy.

He also pressed Ambassador Marantis for early closure of a review of the GSP for trade that exists between the US and Sri Lanka.

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