The National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee in Washington, D.C. visits the Embassy of Sri Lanka

Jaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Peggy Orchowski, congressional correspondent for Hispanic Outlook magazine. Jaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Peggy Orchowski, congressional correspondent for Hispanic Outlook magazine.

THE NATIONAL Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee held its first Embassy Night of the year at the elegant residence of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka in northwest Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 25. After hors d’oeuvres, Mr. Wickramasuriya spoke about “Opportunities and Challenges for 2012 and Beyond.”

Jaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Hugh GrindstaffJaliya C. Wickramasuriya, ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States and Mexico, and Hugh Grindstaff

AFTER MORE THAN two decades of civil war, Sri Lanka is re-emerging as a regional actor. The government’s decisive victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 restored peace to the war-weary country. Sri Lanka’s economy is poised to achieve high global growth rates and the country’s geopolitical position makes it a possible linchpin in what many consider the most important strategic region of the 21st Century.

SRI LANKA will celebrate its Independence Day Saturday, Feb. 4, with a big event at the University of District of Columbia. Ambassador and Mrs. Jaliya Wickramasuriya will preside at the celebration.

The residence of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka in northwest Washington.The residence of Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka in northwest Washington.

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