U.S. Ambassador Teplitz Presents Credentials to President Sirisena

COLOMBO, November 1:  Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz officially began her tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka today after presenting her credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena.  The ceremony was held at the President’s official residence.  Ambassador Teplitz was accompanied by her husband, Robert Saul. “I am honored to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Launches Market-Oriented Dairy Project Potentially Doubling Dairy Production

COLOMBO, May 18, 2018:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Ambassador Atul Keshap launched a 2.2 billion rupee program ($14.1 million) Market-Oriented Dairy project on May 17 funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The Market-Oriented Dairy project will benefit more than 15,000 Sri Lankan farmers and will focus on the commercial sustainability of the dairy sector ...
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Welcome USS Nimitz to Sri Lanka!

Ambassador Atul Keshap and other dignitaries including Ministers Ruwan Wijewardena and Mahinda Samarasinghe, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam toured the USS Nimitz and welcomed U.S. Sailors to Sri Lanka. Ambassador Keshap said U.S. Sailors & Marines help keep vital Indian Ocean sea lanes open, ...
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Ambassador Keshap Inaugurates U.S. Garment Innovation Center

Ambassador Atul Keshap and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe attended the inauguration of an innovation center created by Star Garments, a division of the U.S.-based Komar company, last week.  “American companies bring the best and highest standards of ethics, of design, of innovation, of technology, of responsible management, and absolutely cutting edge environmental responsibility,” said Ambassador ...
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Sri Lanka and U.S. Governments Launch YouLead! Youth Employment Program

Colombo, October 20:  The governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched the YouLead! initiative on October 19, a 1.8 billion rupee program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support youth employability, vocational skills development, and entrepreneurship.  U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and Minister Chandima Weerakkody joined for the inauguration ceremony at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo. U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap said, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap’s statement on the situation in Maldives

The events taking place in the Majlis over the past few days are disturbing and unfortunate. A free and fair Parliament governed by impartial rules is essential to the proper functioning of any healthy democracy. I call upon the Government of Maldives to ensure that the Majlis function freely in accordance with Maldivian law and ...
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July 4th Message by U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap

On July 4th, Americans around the world gather to celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence.  The American Founding Fathers had a vision of a democratic nation where every individual would enjoy certain “inalienable Rights,” including “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Since 1776 the American people have striven, sometimes slowly and imperfectly but always ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Visits Eastern Province

COLOMBO, June 22: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap visited the Eastern Province this week to commemorate a milestone in U.S.-supported demining efforts and to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at a school to construct facilities to help communities displaced by natural disasters.  During the visit, Ambassador Keshap also met leaders and activists working on post-conflict reconciliation and ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap’s interview with TNL Radio – Lite FM on U.S. Presidential Election

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap says the U.S. is committed to electoral democracy. The Ambassador also said the 2016 U.S. presidential election is a lot like Sri Lanka’s presidential election in January 2015, where people voted in a smooth transition of power. Ambassador Keshap joined News Radio in an exclusive interview. Q: ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Atul Keshap On the Occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the Establishment of the American Ceylon Mission

[As prepared] Rev. Dr. James Moos, Executive Minister, Co-Executive Global Ministries Rev. Dr. Deenabandhu Manchala,  Area Executive for Southern Asia, Global Ministries Rev Devasagayam Devanesan, Chairperson Rt. Rev Bishop Duleep De Chickera, Former Anglican Bishop of Colombo Rev Asiri P. Perera, President of the Methodist Conference in Sri Lanka Mrs. Lakshani Fernando, General Secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society Rev A.B. Thevathas ...
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Ambassador Keshap’s Remarks at Annual General Meeting of Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Honored guests, ladies, gentlemen. Good afternoon to you all.  It is an honor to be invited to address such a distinguished gathering of women leaders and professionals.  You are knocking down barriers for women every day in Sri Lanka – and reaching back to mentor young leaders.  You are helping to build a stronger, more ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap’s Remarks for National Conference on Public Private Partnerships

As prepared Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning to you all. I consider it a great pleasure and honor to speak to such a distinguished audience, at this national conference on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). It has become evident that an important trend in economic and social development is taking place in countries around the ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap at the National Trade Portal and Single Window Best Practices Forum

Full Remarks (As Delivered) Let me welcome all of the senior government officials, private sector representatives, ladies and gentlemen.  On behalf of the Government and the people of the United States, I want to welcome all of you to the National Trade Portal and Single Window Best Practices Forum.  I particularly want to thank Honorable ...
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Ambassador Catherine Russell Travels to Sri Lanka

October 26, 2015 Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell is on travel to Sri Lanka October 27 – 29. While in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Russell will meet with government officials, members of civil society, entrepreneurs, and religious leaders to discuss a broad range of issues, including gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s inclusion ...
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Ambassador Atul Keshap to Head U.S. Delegation to 15th Indian Ocean Rim Association Ministerial

October 20, 2015 United States Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of the Maldives Atul Keshap will lead the U.S. delegation to the 15th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting, held October 20-23, 2015 in Padang, Indonesia. IORA promotes regional collaboration across the Indian Ocean rim ...
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