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US Ambassador to UN Agencies in Rome to visit Sri Lanka

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United States Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome Ambassador Cindy McCain will visit Sri Lanka from September 25-28 to highlight US food assistance programmes in Sri Lanka and reinforce the US commitment and lasting partnership with the island nation.

In addition to meeting with senior Government officials and aid organizations in Colombo, Ambassador McCain will join US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung to travel to Central Province to visit schools, agricultural research facilities, and community organizations and meet with recipients and implementers of relief provided through US Government-funded humanitarian assistance programmes.

The United States is the single largest country donor to the three United Nations food and agriculture agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP). U.S.-funded UN projects showcase how the US Government, the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies and the Government of Sri Lanka collaborate to reduce food insecurity and advance humanitarian relief, livelihood protection, and agriculture-led economic growth, especially at this critical time of increased global hunger.

The United States has provided partnership and assistance to the people and Government of Sri Lanka for more than 70 years. Since June, Ambassador Chung has overseen the announcement of nearly US$240 million in new US Government assistance to Sri Lanka, including US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power’s September 2022 announcements of an additional US$40 million to provide Sri Lankan farmers with fertilizer and US$20 million to meet immediate humanitarian needs in the country.

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