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‘You’re the right man to do this’ – US tells Ranil

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu met with Sri Lanka’s president Ranil Wickremesinghe this week, as he told him “You’re the right man” to lead the island.

“With economic stability I think will come political stability,” said Lu, as he met with Wickremesinghe in Colombo.

“You’re the right man to do this. This is a historic test… And I hope you can feel that you have [our] full support.”

Wickremesinghe’s office claimed Lu told the Sri Lankan president “that he has a force backing him” and that Washington “would continue to assist Sri Lanka with their negotiations with the IMF and the debt restructuring talks”.

Lu’s visit comes amidst continuing protests against Wickremesinghe’s rule in the South.

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