The United States will remain engaged with Sri Lanka despite some differences of opinion on the political front, the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka said on Wednesday.

In a message released in Colombo to mark America’s Independence Day, the U.S. envoy in Colombo Patricia Butenis noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made progress on the resettlement issue and post war development.

“When I arrived in 2009, the war had just ended and there were literally hundreds of thousands of displaced people that needed to be resettled. Now that’s down to just a few thousand. The government has also made great progress with the rehabilitation of ex-combatants. Demining is another significant achievement,” she said.

Butenis noted however, that there still remains a lot to be done and her government stands ready to help Sri Lanka to move forward.

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