U.S. Permanent Representative for the United Nations Samantha Power, Obama administration’s top foreign policy advocate is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka November 21-23. This is her second visit, the previous one being June 2010 during the Rajapaksa administration.
In January 2016, American multi billionaire George Soros is scheduled to visit Colombo – it is said – for an economic discourse.
Both visits are significant when both of them, since 2012, have been direct participants of UN-Department of Political Affairs- initiated ‘promotion of federalism’ in Third World nations envisaged to bifurcate nations on ethnic lines.
The two visits are even further interesting when Colombo has an American diplomatic envoy – Atul Keshap – who is a strong believer of a federal structure in Sri Lanka. He has gone on record advocating the system.