US lifts travel advisory on Sri Lanka
Washington: The US Thursday lifted its travel advisory that warned its citizens of security risks in the country, saying the situation had improved in the last one year.
The move could be considered as a goodwill gesture given that Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Peiris is in the US on a visit.
The Foreign Minister is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday.
An official said the travel advisory issued by the US State Department in November, 2009 has been lifted since the security situation in the Island country had improved following the defeat of the LTTE.
In its last advisory the Department of State had warned US citizens about the risks of travel to Sri Lanka due to continued security concerns, especially in the northernmost
areas and most of its Eastern Province, in the wake of un cleared landmines and potential for incidents by remnant members of the LTTE.
It asked US citizens in Sri Lanka to remain vigilant.
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