Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz’s Remarks at the International Conference on Women Entrepreneurship

December 3, 2019 Good morning distinguished guests, conference organizers.  It’s a pleasure to be here, and I want to thank the Colombo School of Business and Management and the Women’s International Foundation for inviting me to speak at this important and I think very timely event. Shortly after the recent presidential election here in Sri …

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U.S. Ambassador Opens Renovated Anuradhapura Archeology Museum

September 16, Anuradhapura:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz officially opened the Anuradhapura Department of Archeology Museum on September 12, marking the completion of a decade-long, U.S.-funded museum renovation project, which includes upgraded preservation techniques and equipment for its collection. The collection consists of archeologically significant rare objects, including gilded statues, bronze statues, …

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Remarks of Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz at Pillars of Resilience Symposium

August 22, 2019 Good morning, everyone. Ayubowan. Vanakkam. Asalam Alaikum. It’s good to see everybody in the audience today and I want to especially thank the very distinguished group of speakers who came before me for their words of inspiration and I think explanation about why everyone is here today. And of course with the …

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Remarks of Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz at 3rd AGM of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka-USA Business Council

[As delivered] June 30, 2019 Good evening.  It’s a pleasure to see everybody here.  I’m very pleased to join you at the third annual general meeting.  And thank you very much to Asanka and Samantha for inviting me to speak with you tonight.  I think it’s a great opportunity to address some of the business …

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Ambassador Teplitz’s Remarks for Equal Ground 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

June 10, 2019 Good evening.  It’s a pleasure to be here with you, to join you tonight to celebrate Equal Ground’s 2019 Pride gathering and to see so many of you here in support of equality and inclusion for the LGBTIQ community. I want to extend special congratulations to those receiving the Equality Warrior Awards …

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Ambassador Teplitz’s Remarks at Kariapper Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Governor Hizbullah, Member of Parliament A.L.M. Nazeer, teachers, staff and students, good afternoon and as-salamu alaykum.  I’m delighted to be here this morning to formally open this beautiful addition to the Kariapper school, and most importantly, to meet with some of the engaging young people who are studying here.  And let me thank the students …

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Ambassador Teplitz’s Remarks at An Noor Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Governor Hizbullah, Member of Parliament A.L.M. Nazeer, teachers, staff and students, good afternoon and as-salamu alaykum.  I’m delighted to be here this morning to formally open this beautiful addition to the An Noor school, and most importantly, to meet with some of the engaging young people who are studying here.  And let me thank the …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz at the Launch of the American Corner in Matara

As delivered It is a pleasure to see a very full room here today, and I want to thank Minister Samaraweera for his kind remarks.  Thank you for joining us Chamber President, members of the board, friends, and partners. It’s really a pleasure to help launch the American Corner today.  As the Minister highlighted, this …

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U.S. Embassy launches American Corner in Matara

February 27, Matara:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz and Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera launched a new American Corner in Matara on February 26 at the Matara Chamber of Commerce and Industry at 149 Hakmana Road. The American Corner Matara promotes entrepreneurship and provides Sri Lanka’s brightest young minds the space and resources …

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Ambassador Teplitz’s Remarks for National Inter Religious Symposium

January 28, 2019 Ayubowan.  Vanakkam.  Asalam alaikum. Good morning. It is a pleasure to join you here.  I appreciate being invited to offer a word of encouragement and support at the National Inter Religious Symposium. In the United States, as Dr. Perera said, we celebrate our differences in our communities.  We have many different ethnic …

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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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