The United States on Friday commended the steps taken by the new government in Sri Lanka to address post-war reconciliation and long-standing crucial issues such as accountability and pledged to assist the new government to create a more open and democratic society.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said at the daily press briefing on Friday that the United States "commended steps taken by the new Sri Lankan Government to address things like reconciliation - long-standing issues, right - democratic governance, accountability."
"Certainly have seen some positive steps here," Harf said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. National Security Adviser, Susan Rice in a speech presenting President Barack Obama's 2015 National Security Strategy said the United States will help "countries in transition" including Sri Lanka.
"We'll help countries in transition -like Burma, Tunisia, and Sri Lanka -become more open, more democratic, and more inclusive societies," Rice said.
Earlier, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, the first high ranking U.S. official to visit Sri Lanka after the election of President Maithripala Sirisena, said there is a lot more work to be done for Sri Lanka to pursue a future that is peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous.
Concluding a two-day visit to the country on Tuesday (03), Biswal expressed the United States' willingness to work with the government of President Maithripala Sirisena.