The United States is closely following the ongoing political developments here in Sri Lanka, where thousands of people of all backgrounds have taken to the streets to demand accountability, transparency, and a better future for all Sri Lankans. This is a fragile and substantial moment in Sri Lanka’s history, and we urge restraint and respect from all directions to allow the Sri Lankan parliament to approach this juncture with a commitment to the betterment of the nation – not any one political party.

We call on all parties to cooperate to achieve a peaceful, democratic transition of power, and urge any new, constitutionally-selected government to work quickly to identify and implement solutions that will achieve long-term economic stability and address the Sri Lankan people’s discontent over the worsening economic conditions, including power, food, and fuel shortages. The United States, together with many other members of the international community, stands by to support as Sri Lanka takes responsible, sustainable steps toward resolving the debt crisis and creating a more equitable future for all.

The U. S. Embassy condemns all violence against peaceful protesters and journalists. We call for the full investigation and prosecution of anyone involved in violent incidents or destruction of property related to the protests.