Sri Lanka–United States relations
In a 2005 BBC World Service Poll, 30% of Sri Lankans view American influence positively, with 20% expressing a negative view. According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 14% of Sri Lankans approve of U.S. leadership, with 37% disapproving and 49% uncertain.
The United States enjoys cordial relations with Sri Lanka that are based, in large part, on shared democratic traditions. U.S. policy toward Sri Lanka is characterized by respect for its independence, sovereignty, and moderate nonaligned foreign policy; support for the country's unity, territorial integrity, and democratic institutions; and encouragement of its social and economic development. The United States is a strong supporter of ethnic reconciliation in Sri Lanka and the peace process that began in December 2001.
U.S. assistance has totaled more than $1.63 billion since Sri Lanka's independence in 1948. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), it has contributed to Sri Lanka's economic growth with projects designed to reduce unemployment, improve housing, develop the Colombo Stock Exchange, modernize the judicial system, and improve competitiveness. At the June 2003 Tokyo Donors' Conference on Sri Lanka, the United States pledged $54 million, including $40.4 million of USAID funding. Following the 2004 tsunami, the United States provided $135 million in relief and reconstruction assistance.
In addition, the International Broadcast Bureau (IBB)--formerly Voice of America (VOA)--operates a radio-transmitting station in Sri Lanka. The U.S. Armed Forces maintain a limited military-to-military relationship with the Sri Lanka defense establishment.
Principal U.S. Embassy Officials include:
- Ambassador--Patricia A. Butenis
- Deputy Chief of Mission--James R. Moore
- Head of Political Section--Michael DeTar
- Head of Economic/Commercial Section--Robert Gabor
- Management Officer--Maria Brewer
- Consular Officer--Joel Weigert
- Defense Attaché—Lt. Col. Lawrence A. Smith III
- Director, USAID--Rebecca Cohn
- Public Affairs Officer--Jeff Anderson
- IBB Station Manager--William Martin
- Sri Lankan Americans
- Foreign relations of Sri Lanka
- Foreign relations of the United States
- United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka
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