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Sri Lanka delegation meets US Lawmaker Dina Titus for crucial talks.

Las Vegas, Nov. 1 -- The most likely chairperson of the Asia and Pacific Sub Committee of the US House of Representative's Foreign Relations Committee if the Democratic Party re-gains control of the House in January 2019, Democratic Congresswoman Prof. Dina Titus, who represents the State of Nevada in the US Congress, is scheduled to meet a delegation of Sri Lankans in the afternoon of November 01 at a time Sri Lanka is engulfed in a constitutional crisis with the firing of the incumbent prime minister and replacing with another by President Maitripala Sirisena.

The United States is holding nationwide elections to elect 435 representatives to the lower chamber of the Congress next Tuesday November 6, and the Democratic Party is widely expected to win a majority defeating the Republican Party of President Donald Trump.

Congresswoman Dina Titus is expected to chair the Asia-Pacific Sub Committee of the House Foreign Relations Committee, a committee that recommend the appropriation of foreign assistance, monitor political developments which includes rule of law and governance, and maintains relations with principal players in foreign affairs in those countries through US diplomatic missions, or directly. The committee has the mandate to monitor the Chinese geo-political interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

The dialogue between Congresswoman Dina Titus and the Sri Lanka delegation on Thursday, November 01 could be vital considering events unfolding these few days in Sri Lanka which is facing a constitutional battle between ousted premier's political party and the President.

Most of the members of the Sri Lanka delegation have had cordial relations with Prof. Titus for nearly two decades to bring the dialogue most interesting highlighting US-Sri Lanka relations, in what manner a Democratic Party-controlled Foreign Relations Committee should view developments in Sri Lanka following the crucial political developments, what approach Congress woman Dina Titus and the rest of the Foreign Relations Committee should take when dealing with the Trump White House on issues surrounding this South Asian nation of Sri Lanka.

At least two members of the Sri Lanka delegation are known quite well to the newly appointed Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama and Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinghe to bring a link between the US Congress Foreign Relations Committee and Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to activate a dialogue on issues of mutual concern.

It is interesting that this dialogue was initiated by Congresswoman Dina Titus with the group of Sri Lanka whom she knew and interacted for a long period, and the Sri Lankans grabbed the opportunity, amid the crucial developments in Sri Lanka, to commence an exchange of opinion that could benefit both nations in many areas.

In the past, Prof. Titus had understood Sri Lanka battle with separatist Tamil Tigers, and challenges this South Asian nation faced regarding her sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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