Viewpoint by Dr Palitha Kohona
The writer is former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York.
COLOMBO (IDN) - Sri Lanka's relations with the US go back a long way and have encompassed many different facets. These many facets have mostly enriched the relationship. In recent times, the relationship has undergone considerable stress.
As to whether Sri Lanka occupied the attention of US foreign policy makers to any significant degree in the past, or even at present, can be the subject of a useful discussion, perhaps after a few glasses of good Californian wine. But for Sri Lanka, the US has been a vital foreign policy concern, especially in the recent past.