Top U.S. diplomat John Kerry left early Friday on a landmark trip to Sri Lanka, the first such visit in a decade to the Indian Ocean island as it returns to the diplomatic fold.
“It’s a crying shame how much money was spent,” said the new government’s deputy minister for policy planning and economic affairs. “Why is an airport in the middle of nowhere? Why are you building a road to the middle of nowhere?”
Fluttering with tour buses and strewn with ATMs, the A9 highway is conduit that connects a unified if uneasy Sri Lanka after three decades of civil war.