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US urges Sri Lanka to reconvene Parliament immediately

The United States has urged Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene his country's parliament right away and resolve the country's political crisis, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement on Wednesday.

"We urge Sri Lanka's president to reconvene parliament immediately to resolve the political crisis," Nauert said via Twitter.

A further delay would compound uncertainty and undermine Sri Lanka's international reputation as well as the aspirations of Sri Lankans for good governance, stability and prosperity.

On Monday, Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said he would not recognize the country's new government until it proved majority in 225-seat parliament.

The statement came after Sirisena suspended the parliament shortly after sacking elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka, on October 26.

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