Kerry pledges closer US ties with reform-minded Sri Lanka

Head monk Venerable Professor Kollupitiya Mahinda Sangharakkhita Mahathera, center performs a health and happiness blessing on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry inside the ancient Kelaniya Temple, Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Built on the banks of the Kelaniya River, the temple is one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday championed the new Sri Lankan government’s push for democratic reform and promised closer ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation.

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