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. Embassy Celebrates Sri Lanka’s Makers and Innovators with Maker Fair

October 22, 2019:   Maker Fair 2019 drew more than 7,000 people to Colombo’s Trace Expert City and showcased aspiring inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs from across Sri Lanka,.  The event, hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the American Center, featured more than 60 exhibitors and presenters, 50 corporate and 11 university partners, and more than …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Nationwide, Sri Lanka. Event: In acknowledgment of upcoming holidays, the U.S. Embassy reminds American citizens of the current Level 2 Travel Advisory (Exercise Increased Caution). Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Kannaggara Mawatha – Lipton Circus – Ward Place, Colombo 07. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of an ongoing demonstration carried out by approximately 500 students from the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) in Colombo. Students are expected to gather at Nelum Pokuna Auditorium, Colombo 7, and march to the University Grants Commission (UGC) …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Galle Road, Colombo 03. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration; approximately 1000-1500 students from the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) are scheduled to have a demonstration in Colombo today. Protesters are expected to travel along Duplication Road and may travel as far north as Temple Trees. The current route is unknown …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: 210, Galle Road, Colombo 03. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a protest organized by the Socialist Students Union to be held in front of the Embassy today at approximately 1:00 p.m. The demonstration is expected to last approximately one hour and to be comprised of 100 protestors.   Actions to Take: – …

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U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Highlights 970 Million Rupees for Mine Clearance

Colombo, June 6:  The U.S. Department of State’s Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper visited Sri Lanka from June 2 through 5 to discuss security cooperation and assess the progress of U.S.-funded demining programs.  Assistant Secretary Cooper traveled to the Eastern Province to observe demining operations and meet with project beneficiaries.  The projects …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Albert Crescent, Presidential Secretariat, Kolpetty Junction, and/or the University Grants Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a scheduled demonstration of approximately 1,500 students on March 13, 2019. The protesters will gather near the University of the Visual and Performing Arts grounds on Albert Crescent at 2 p.m and are …

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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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U.S. Coast Guard Trains Sri Lankan Port Officials

February 15, Colombo:  From February 11 through 13, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) conducted port security capacity building at the Port of Colombo with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials.  The event strengthened the port’s security capabilities through drills that improved agency coordination and the implementation of the port’s security plan. Sri Lanka’s improved …

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U.S. Embassy Inaugurates School Construction Projects

February 14, Batticaloa and Trincomalee:  Building educational opportunities for the children of the Eastern Province, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) renovated two schools in Nintavur and Soodaikkudah.  Anthony Renzulli, the U.S. Embassy’s Head of Political Affairs, presided over the official ribbon cutting ceremony in Nintavur on February 12 while Public Affairs Officer David McGuire inaugurated the school …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of an expected demonstration of up to 150 participants on February 8 at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy, 210 Galle Road, Colombo 02. Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can …

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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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US Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka – January 30, 2019

Location: Colombo 01, 02, 03, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following areas in Colombo will be affected with multiple road closures and delays from January 31 through February 04 due to the National Day parade and related activities. Thursday through Sunday, January 31 through February 4 Closed 7am to 12noon: …

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U.S. Navy Conducts Temporary Cargo Transfer Initiative

January 23, Colombo:  From January 21 to 29, the U.S. Navy will perform a transfer operation to move cargo between planes at Bandaranaike International Airport outside Colombo.  This is part of a larger temporary cargo transfer initiative that promotes Sri Lanka’s efforts to become a regional hub for logistics and commerce.  The January transfers will …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Lipton Circus, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a political demonstration of up to 15,000 participants on November 15 at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Lipton Circus, Colombo 02. Actions to Take: The Embassy reminds citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

November 8, 2018 Location: Maligawatte, Old Parliament Roundabout, Kolluypitiya Junction to Parliament, Colombo, Sri Lanka,. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of a vehicle procession traveling from Galle Face Green to gather at Parliament beginning at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on November 8, 2018. This will likely result in heavy traffic along the route and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Nation-wide. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of the probability of nationwide protests on November 4, 2018. Additionally, a large protest is scheduled for 2:00 pm on November 5, 2018, near Parliament in Colombo. U. S. citizens are reminded of an increased likelihood of civil unrest, strikes, and demonstrations stemming from continuing political …

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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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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: U.S. Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that due to expected protests in the vicinity, the U.S. Embassy and the American Center in Colombo will be closed to the public from 12:00 p.m. (noon) on October 30, 2018 and is expected to re-open at 07:00 a.m. on October 31, 2018.  Actions to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Likely gathering points include, but are not limited to, Temple Trees, Town Hall, Lipton Circus, Liberty Circle, and Parliament.   Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of the probability of a large protest on October 30, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. near the Prime Minister’s residence, Temple Trees.  Due to the current political situation, U. S. Citizens are  reminded …

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Security Alert for US Citizens – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Nationwide, Sri Lanka.  Likely gathering points include, but are not limited to, government institutions. Event: The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens of an increased likelihood of political turmoil, civil unrest, and demonstrations as a result of the President of Sri Lanka’s decision to dismiss the Prime Minister and suspend parliament. The Embassy reminds citizens …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Cultural Heritage Preservation Project in Jaffna

JAFFNA, October 5:  Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton today inaugurated a two-year project to preserve pre-historic artifacts in the collection of the University of Jaffna.  The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and totals more than 23 million Sri Lankan rupees ($140,000). The project will …

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Millennium Challenge Corporation Official Visits Sri Lanka to Continue Progress on Compact

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, September 20, 2018 – A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash, visited Sri Lanka this week to continue progress on the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale five-year grant program.  MCC is developing the compact in partnership with the Government of Sri …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Matara Chamber of Industry and Commerce to Launch American Corner

September 4, 2018:  The U.S. Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding on August 30 with the Matara Chamber of Industry and Commerce to open a new American Corner in Matara.  Ms. Nancy VanHorn, the U.S. Embassy’s acting Public Affairs Officer, and Mr. Metta Widanagamachchi, Chairman of the Chamber, signed the Memorandum. Located on the ground …

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USS Anchorage Conducts Exercise at Sea with Sri Lankan Navy

INDIAN OCEAN, August 30:  The USS Anchorage joined the Sri Lankan naval ship Suranimila to conduct an exercise at sea on August 28.  The exercise allowed the ships to improve each crews’ knowledge and strengthen a wide variety of seamanship skills critical to operating throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific region. During the exercise, multiple …

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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Hilton’s Remarks – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30, 2018 Thanks very much.  Thank you for the opportunity to say a few remarks and to join you on this, the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.  Special thanks to Simrin Singh and to the team at the ILO for organizing this event. Let me also acknowledge the Ministry of Telecommunications, Digital Infrastructure, …

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Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as well. …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Robert Hilton at the Launch of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center

July 19, 2018 Colombo Chargé d’Affaires Hilton:  Thank you, I appreciate it.  The bio as well. Bruce, you said you felt like you were performing in front of a circus.  To me it feels like I ought to be dressed in a traditional Kandyan outfit in a celebrity wedding or perhaps a cricketer’s wedding of …

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U.S. Government Funds Renovation of Two Schools in Eastern Province

July 9, 2018 – As part of the U.S. government’s support for a reconciled and unified Sri Lanka, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) renovated two schools in the Eastern Province.  James L. Russo, the U.S. Embassy’s Counselor for Press, Academic, and Cultural Affairs, presided over the official ribbon cutting ceremonies on July 2 and 3, …

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Millennium Challenge Corporation Official Visits Sri Lanka to Continue Progress on Compact Development

COLOMBO, June 13, 2018 – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Managing Director for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America Caroline Nguyen visited Sri Lanka from June 11 to 13 to advance the development of the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale five-year grant program.  The U.S. government is developing this compact in partnership …

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Soft Power, Hard Power and Public Diplomacy: Deputy Chief of Mission Robert B. Hilton’s Remarks at BIDTI

Thank you Pamela and congratulations to all of the cadets here on joining Sri Lanka’s Foreign Service.  I started my own diplomatic career 30 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it, from my first assignment in Tunis to this posting as Deputy Chief of Mission in Colombo.  I wish you every success representing …

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U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

Colombo, May 31, 2018: A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives visited Colombo from May 29 to 30 led by Congressman Mac Thornberry (Republican – Texas), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.  The visit highlighted the broad bipartisan support for Sri Lanka in the U.S. Congress. “Across the U.S. government, we see …

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U.S. and Sri Lankan Governments Discuss Disaster Preparedness Ahead of South-Western Monsoons

COLOMBO, May 23 2018:  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Sri Lanka Mission Director Reed Aeschliman, and Dr. Michael Ernst from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) met with Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management Duminda Dissanayake to discuss Sri Lanka’s …

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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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Sri Lankan and U.S. Doctors Pioneer First Robot-Assisted Surgery Onboard USNS Mercy

COLOMBO, May 14, 2018:  U.S. and Sri Lankan surgeons conducted the first ever robot-assisted surgery aboard the USNS Mercy on May 4.  The joint team of multinational surgeons and medical professionals successfully completed a cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal, on a Sri Lankan citizen using a Da Vinci XI Robot Surgical System. “This landmark surgery advances …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location: Sri Lanka, island wide, 1-7 May Event: Between 1-7 May, the U.S. Embassy expects various groups and political parties will hold parades and rallies in conjunction with the annual Labor Day holiday.  Known locations include, but are not limited to, Colombo, Jaffna, Galle, and Batticaloa.  We expect these gatherings to be peaceful but people should anticipate …

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U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy arrives in Trincomalee for 2018 Pacific Partnership

COLOMBO, April 25, 2018:  The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived in Trincomalee on April 25 to conduct the 2018 Pacific Partnership mission. Pacific Partnership 2018 will continue through May 8 and will feature U.S. and other military doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to provide treatment to local …

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U.S. Embassy and Matara Chamber of Commerce Launch American Innovation Hub

March 22, 2018:  The U.S. Embassy launched an American Innovation Hub (iHub) in Matara on March 21, 2018 in partnership with the Matara District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The iHub will provide employment and leadership skills for young people, promote English language learning, encourage study in the United States, and introduce the local community …

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Remarks at the Sixth Asian Regional Review Meeting on Radioactive Source Security

Robert Hilton Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka March 6, 2018 On behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap and all of us at the U.S. Embassy, welcome to Sri Lanka and thank you for coming.  State Minister for Power and Renewable Energy Perera, Secretary Batagoda, Chairman Hewamana, …

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New Mission Director for USAID in Sri Lanka and Maldives Arrives as New Projects Start Up

COLOMBO, March 14, 2018:  Reed J. Aeschliman assumed his duties as the new Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Sri Lanka and Maldives on March 5, 2018.  Mr. Aeschliman’s arrival corresponds with the start-up of several new initiatives and more than 4.5 billion Sri Lankan rupees in programs that …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton at the launch of the “Youthworks” partnership

February 28, 2018 Colombo Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Honorable Chandima Weerakkody; Secretary, Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Mr. Piyasena Ranepura; Microsoft Country Manager, Mr. Hasitha Abeywardana; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; good morning and welcome! I am delighted to join you today to launch the “Youthworks” portal, a joint initiative …

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U.S. Peace Corps to Re-establish Program in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, February 26, 2018 – Sheila Crowley, Acting Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana signed a new bilateral agreement to re-establish a Peace Corps program in Sri Lanka.  U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe witnessed the signing at Temple Trees.  The announcement …

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Wycliffe Gordon in Colombo to Jazz Up #USASL70

February 22, 2018, Colombo: Join American jazz sensation Wycliffe Gordon and the U.S. Embassy for a celebration of 70 years of U.S – Sri Lankan partnership (#USASL70). The legendary Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars will tour Sri Lanka February 24 to 28, staging performances and master classes in Colombo, Galle, and Matara, bringing this truly American music genre from across the …

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USAID Launches Youth Employment and Skills Project in Central Province

Colombo, February 7, 2018:  Visiting U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Daniel Rosenblum opened the Kandy YouLead office on February 2, which will expand employment opportunities for youth in the Central Province. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in partnership with the …

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Maldives Court Ruling to Free Opposition Politicians

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON February 2, 2018 Maldives Court Ruling to Free Opposition Politicians The United States welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court to order the release of political prisoners and to reinstate elected members of parliament. The United States urges the Maldivian government to …

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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY TO ADVANCE AMERICA’S INTERESTS

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. ” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is …

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United States and Sri Lanka launch LKR 306,000,000 ($2 million) HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership

December 12, Colombo:  On December 8, the Governments of Sri Lanka and the United States launched a two-year HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Partnership  to fast track government efforts to end AIDS by 2025.  The U.S. Government’s development agency – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), will help to transfer promising solutions, new technical …

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United States and Sri Lanka Strengthen Trade and Transportation Partnership

December 5, Colombo:  On December 4, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Atul Keshap and Secretary of Civil Aviation Mr. G. S. Withanage signed an agreement to amend the U.S.-Sri Lanka Open Skies Agreement of 2002 to facilitate the movement of cargo goods more efficiently and profitably.  The amendment strengthens global express delivery …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton’s Remarks at the Opening of U.S.-funded Refurbished School in Batticaloa

Governor Bogollagama, Member of Parliament Moulana, teachers, staff and students, good afternoon and as-salamu alaykum.  I’m delighted to be here today to formally open this beautiful addition to the Bathuriya Vidyalaya school, and most importantly, to meet with some of the engaging young people who are studying here.  And let me thank the students who …

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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka

Statement by Jason Mack Delegation of the United States of America to 28th Session, Universal  Periodic Review, Geneva, November 15, 2017 Thank you Mr. Vice President. The United States warmly welcomes the Sri Lankan delegation to the UPR Working Group. We commend Sri Lanka’s commitment to promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights, and welcome progress on returning occupied …

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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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USS Nimitz Visit to Sri Lanka First for U.S. Aircraft Carrier Since 1985

COLOMBO, October 27 – The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a planned port visit on October 28.  The Carrier Strike Group includes the USS Nimitz, the cruiser USS Princeton, and destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, and USS Kidd.  The ships are scheduled to depart Colombo on October 31, …

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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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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State John J. Hamre, CEO for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Center for Strategic & International Studies Washington, DC October 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John …

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U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift Speaks at Galle Dialogue

At the Galle Dialogue 2017, Admiral Scott Swift emphasized, “Engagement and building trust remains a critical part of maintaining the inclusive security network that sustains the rules-based order and helps protect freedom of the seas for the benefit of all nations.”  Admiral Swift also noted, “Just as nations and their maritime forces have the ability …

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U.S. 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins

COLOMBO October 4 – The U.S. Embassy in Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2019 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, also known as the “Green Card” Lottery.  The program will be open for online registration from October 3, 2017 to November 7, 2017.  The Diversity Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity …

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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

October 2, 2017 HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada. …

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Remarks by Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton at American Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

[As prepared] Thank you Ravin for the warm introduction.  It’s a pleasure to join you once again for the Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka. I would like to thank the AmCham Board of Directors for hosting this event and Radika and her staff for all the hard work …

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U.S. Embassy Provides Strategic Trade Enforcement Training to Sri Lankan Customs Officials

Colombo, September 21:  The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program and the World Customs Organization (WCO) trained 34 Customs Officials from Sri Lanka in strategic trade controls enforcement from September 12 to September 15, 2017. The methodology discussed in the workshop allows Customs Administrations to focus on cargo entering …

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United States and Sri Lanka Co-host Pacific Airlift Rally with a Focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Colombo, September 18:  The United States and Sri Lanka conducted the Pacific Airlift Rally, a biennial exercise, from September 11 to 15, 2017.  The Pacific Airlift Rally brought together participants from the United States, Sri Lanka, and other Indo-Asia-Pacific nations for an airborne training exercise that focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.  Participants …

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Demonstration Notice – September 15, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of a protest scheduled to take place today by the JVP and University students against SITAM Private Medical College. Approximately 3000-5000 protestors will assemble in several small towns outside of Colombo and march toward Lipton Circus, planning to arrive at approximately 2:20 PM (see the below map for possible …

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“Maintaining U.S. Influence in South Asia: The FY 2018 Budget”

Statement of Ambassador Alice Wells Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs U.S. Department of State Before the HFAC Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific “Maintaining U.S. Influence in South Asia: The FY 2018 Budget” September 7, 2017 Introduction Chairman Yoho, Ranking Member Sherman, members of the Subcommittee: thank you for inviting …

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Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells Concludes Visit to Sri Lanka

Colombo, September 1:  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells will conclude her visit to Sri Lanka September 2, 2017.  In her conversations, Ambassador Wells emphasized continued U.S. support for the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to promote reconciliation, economic development, and equal rights for all Sri Lankans. Ambassador …

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Demonstration Notice – August 31, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that approximately 1,000 people are currently demonstrating near Parliament.  At this time Parliament Road is closed to traffic. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, …

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Statement on the United States’ Engagement in South Asia

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 21, 2017 This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region. This new strategy signals clear support for the …

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U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

Colombo, August 11: A bipartisan delegation of Members of Congress from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Colombo on Wednesday, August 9 to further strengthen ties between the governments and people of Sri Lanka and the United States.  Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Henry Cuellar …

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DCM Hilton Opens U.S.-funded Refurbished School in Jaffna

Colombo, August 4:  Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton inaugurated a newly refurbished building at the Jaffna Hindu Ladies’ College on July 31, 2017 that will support reconciliation and stabilization and provide girls in Jaffna with opportunity to study in a modern facility.  Coordinating closely with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Education and the Northern …

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U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, Announces LKR 1.1 Billion to Advance Progress on Development of Compact

Colombo, July 27: A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led by Fatema Z. Sumar, Regional Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America, visited Colombo to advance progress on the development of the MCC compact—a five-year grant program—with the Government of Sri Lanka that aims to reduce poverty …

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American Innovation Expert Collaborates with Sri Lankan IT Entrepreneurs

Colombo, July 12:  As part of its efforts to advance U.S.-Sri Lankan economic ties and prosperity, the Embassy of the United States of America recently supported Cheryl Edison, American innovation expert, to work with Sri Lanka’s leading IT entrepreneurs, engineering students, and Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) representatives.  Edison was also the keynote speaker …

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Demonstration Notice – July 06, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information that at approximately 3:00pm today there will be a religious procession of between 400 and 500 people starting at St. Michael’s Road.  The procession will continue onto Galle Road (in front of the embassy), Rotunda Gardens, Pittala Junction, Duplication Road, and back up Galle Road to St. Michael’s.  There …

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Demonstration Notice – June 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about a protest that is underway at Galle Face Green. About 100 people carrying Indian flags are gathered may intend on protesting outside the Indian High Commission. At this time the group is not blocking traffic or creating problems in the area. Please take note if you plan on transiting …

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Security Message to U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka – Personal Security

U.S. Embassy Colombo has been made aware of an increase in incidents involving Tuk-tuk drivers in the Colombo area inappropriately touching female passengers. The U.S. Embassy reminds all U.S. Citizens to maintain situational awareness when in public and at home to avoid being a victim of crime.  Please consider the following security tips: Females should avoid traveling in …

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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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Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Sri Lanka Navy Commander Visit USS Lake Erie

COLOMBO, June 16: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Sri Lanka Navy Commander Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne joined U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap to visit the captain and crew aboard the USS Lake Erie to express their appreciation for the flood relief work provided by U.S. Navy sailors visiting Sri Lanka. “I want to thank Captain …

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USS Lake Erie Joins Flood Assistance Efforts in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, June 11: U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires Robert Hilton welcomed USS Lake Erie on its arrival in Colombo today with embarked U.S. military personnel to support humanitarian assistance efforts across flood-affected areas across Sri Lanka. “We share in the sorrow of the Sri Lankan people at the loss of life and devastation brought on by …

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Demonstration Notice – May 17, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about a student protest organized by the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) today at noon against the SITAM (Private Medical College).  Over 500 students are expected to assemble in front of Fort Railway Station, and then march to the University Grants Commission (UGC) at Ward Place via Union Place and Town …

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Demonstration Notice – April 28, 2017

The U.S. Embassy Sri Lanka informs U.S. citizens that Sri Lanka celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2017.  Organized rallies and demonstrations are planned in Colombo and other areas throughout Sri Lanka. The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka urges U. S. citizens travelling to exercise caution and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Please also anticipate …

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U.S.-Sri Lankan Experts Highlight IP Protection for Innovation and Growth

Colombo, April 26, 2017: Experts on intellectual property (IP) rights from around the world gathered today on World IP Day to support strengthening Sri Lanka’s intellectual property efforts.  The seminar is part of several workshops this week to highlight the economic benefits of innovation and IP protection for the Sri Lankan people. “Intellectual property rights …

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Women Entrepreneurs Learn to Create, Grow Businesses in Kandy

Women entrepreneurs from the Central Province promoted and sold their products at a U.S. Embassy-sponsored trade fair at the American Center in Kandy on March 30, 2017.  This fair served as the capstone event for a five-month program to provide entrepreneurial skills to women representing the area’s diverse communities. The free program provided participants with …

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Demonstration Notice – April 04, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about a student protest today at approximately 1:30 pm. Approximately 400-500 students are expected to assemble at Horton Place and march to the Presidential Secretariat. Police have assembled in the area near Horton Place. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent. Please …

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Demonstration Notice – April 03, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information about an ongoing protest in front of the Indian High Commission, next to the American Center. Protesters are currently marching toward the Galle Face area. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; …

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USS Comstock Participates in Humanitarian Assistance Training in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, April 1: USS Comstock (LSD 45) departed Sri Lanka today following a week of exchanges with the Sri Lankan Navy and Marine Corps.  These exercises focused on improving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts and coordination, the third such military-to-military exchange between U.S. Sailors and Marines and their Sri Lankan counterparts in the past …

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Remarks by Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump; Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon; and the 2017 International Women of Courage Award recipients.  (Applause.) UNDER SECRETARY SHANNON:  Good morning.  It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the State Department and the 2017 International Women of Courage …

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Sandya Eknelygoda: International Woman of Courage

Each year, the U.S. Department of State recognizes the exceptional courage and commitment of women who serve as advocates for human rights, justice, peace, and gender equality.  Today, Sri Lanka’s Sandya Eknelygoda joins twelve other women from across the globe to receive the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage award for 2017.  First …

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World Water Day: U.S. Embassy Helps Provide Clean Drinking Water in Rural Sri Lanka

Mapakadaweva, March 22: Students and teachers from Keselpotha Maha Vidyalaya in Uva Province joined representatives from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday to inaugurate a rainwater harvesting system at their school, providing clean drinking water year-round.  Since 2012, USAID has partnered with local organizations to build more than 1,000 such systems in …

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Demonstration Notice – March 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy received information that there will be a demonstration today at approximately 03:30 pm. Approximately 200-300 protesters are expected to assemble at Fort Railway Station and proceed to Temple Trees. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent. Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Maldives regarding the risk of Zika virus  infection.  Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their medical provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to Maldives.   Men whose partners are pregnant or are considering pregnancy should talk …

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U.S. Pacific Fleet and Sri Lanka Navy Lead Pacific Partnership Goodwill Mission in Sri Lanka

HAMBANTOTA, March 6:  The Embassy of the United States of America welcomes the U.S. Pacific Fleet and its transport ship USNS Fall River for the first-ever Pacific Partnership goodwill mission to Sri Lanka March 6-18.  Working side-by-side with the Sri Lanka Navy and local organizations in the Hambantota region, this multinational effort includes free community …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Reaffirms Bipartisan U.S. Support for Sri Lanka

Colombo, February 28: A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives led by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, departed Colombo on February 25 following a two-day visit to Colombo.  This was the second visit by members of the U.S. Congress to Sri Lanka in February 2017, demonstrating the bipartisan support in the legislative branch of …

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U.S. Zydeco Band “Mo’ Mojo” Visits Sri Lanka to Strengthen Cultural Connections

Colombo, February 23, 2017:  Mo’ Mojo, an American zydeco band, concluded its five-day tour of Sri Lanka on February 16  with a high-energy, free, public concert for an appreciative crowd in Colombo.  The U.S. Embassy-sponsored visit included public performances in Jaffna and Colombo; workshops for music students; and master classes for Sri Lankan musicians. “We …

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Parade Notice – February 09, 2017

The US Embassy has received information of a special traffic plan that will be implemented for the Perahara parade, beginning at 5 PM today. The parade will begin at the Gangaramaya temple, and travel along Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Sri Jinaratana Road, Utharananda Mawatha, and return to the temple through Navam Mawatha. It is expected …

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Parade Notice – February 02, 2017

This weekend the Colombo area will be faced with multiple road closures and delays due to the Independence Day parade and related activities.  The following areas will be affected: The section of Galle Road extending from the Galle Face Roundabout to Old Parliament Roundabout will be closed to the public between 5 a.m. and 12 …

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Notice: Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

On January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending entry into the United States of individuals from seven countries [Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen] under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Sri Lanka is not on the list of countries included in this Executive Order. Sri Lankans can continue …

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U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Partnering with Sri Lanka to Promote Economic Opportunity

Colombo, January 27: Senior officials from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) visited Sri Lanka January 23-26 to discuss joint efforts to fight poverty and promote economic opportunity for all Sri Lankans.  In December 2016, MCC selected Sri Lanka as eligible for an MCC compact – a five-year development grant linked to sustained reforms that …

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Demonstration Notice – January 24, 2017

About 200-300 protesters are marching towards Temple Trees from Slave Island passing through James Peiris Mawatha and Gangaramaya. Police have blocked off several potential routes, including Galle Road south of the US Embassy.  Traffic in the area is extremely heavy. As always, the Embassy recommends avoiding the areas near any protest/parade.

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President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of …

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Demonstration Notice – January 20, 2017

The US Embassy has received information of a planned protest to take place in front of the US Embassy around noon today.  We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; avoid any gathering crowds that might be forming; monitor …

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Demonstration Notice – January 19, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information that a protest march organized by the Inter-University Student Federation (IUSF) has begun in the vicinity of Town Hall.  It is believed that 1,500 students will march towards Galle Road and attempt to march north to the Presidential Secretariat.  Police riot squads have been positioned along the march route, and …

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Social Media Lab

Beginner Social Media.  This course is ideal for people with very limited knowledge about social media, and those wanting to get a basic understanding of what social media is all about. This course explains the fundamentals of social media + attempts to make sense of this arena. Areas we’ll cover include: What is social media?  An …

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World-Renowned Battery Dance Tours Sri Lanka

The world-renowned Battery Dance will conclude its tour of Sri Lanka with a gala “Drums and Dance” performance in collaboration with Chandana Wickramasinghe’s Dancer’s Guild and Asoka Wickramaratne’s Naadro at Bishop’s College on December 12 at 7:00 p.m.  This public show completes Battery Dance’s nearly two weeks of programs featuring exchanges with top Sri Lankan …

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Demonstration Notice – December 02, 2016

The U.S. Embassy received information that there will be a demonstration organized at approximately 10:00 a.m.  The protesters are expected to assemble at Nelumpokuna Stadium and will proceed to the Presidential Secretariat. The protest is expected to last until 3:00 p.m. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  …

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Demonstration Notice – November 17, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that the Lotus Road Roundabout is temporarily closed due to a protest march. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be aware of surroundings at …

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Demonstration Notice – November 16, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that a demonstration is planned for outside the Embassy at noon. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be aware of surroundings at all times.

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Demonstration Notice – November 07, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that Galle Road is currently closed north of the Galle Face roundabout due to a protest. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be aware …

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Demonstration Notice – November 02, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding multiple demonstrations in Colombo throughout the day.  Locations of demonstrations include Fort Railway Station, Galle Face, Horton Place and Thumulla Junction. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage …

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Demonstration Notice – November 01, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding a demonstration underway at Olcott Mawatha. The west bound lane in front of the Fort railway station is closed. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local …

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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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Demonstration Notice – October 31, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information regarding a demonstration underway at Ceramic Junction Fort.   Lotus Road is closed for traffic at this time. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please exercise caution if in the vicinity of any demonstrations; monitor media coverage of local events; and be …

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200th Anniversary of the American Ceylon Mission

[As prepared] Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Robert B.Hilton On the Occasion of the 200th Anniversary of the American Ceylon Mission Dr. James Moos, Chairperson Reverend Devasagayam Devanesan, Bishop of Jaffna Right Reverend Dr. Justin Gnanapragasam, Father Jude Sutharshan, members of the clergy, lay leaders in the church, representatives of government and civil society, friends: It is a privilege to …

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Demonstration Notice – October 19, 2016

The U.S. Embassy has received information that there is a protest march underway at Viharamaha Devi Park, Colombo 7.  Ward Place is partially blocked as a result. Current information is that route runs through Kannaggara Mawatha – Lipton Circus – Ward Place – University Grants Commission. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to …

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Demonstration notice – October 12, 2016

The Embassy has received information about a protest of approximately 250 people at the Colombo Fort Railway Station moving towards Ceramic Junction. Expect police presence and heavy traffic congestion.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area during the demonstration. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Please …

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Message for U.S. citizens – Final Opportunities to return Voted Ballots (11 October 2016)

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in …

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United States 2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo is pleased to announce the start of the 2018 Diversity Visa Lottery Program, also known as the “Green Card” Lottery.  The program will be open for online registration from October 4, 2016 to November 7, 2016.  The Diversity Visa Lottery allows randomly selected applicants the opportunity to interview for an …

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U.S. EXIM Bank Chairman Visits Water Reservoir Project in Badulla

Chairman Fred Hochberg of the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) of the United States visited the Badulla site of the EXIM-funded water reservoir project yesterday.  The approximately Rs. 9.4 billion ($64.9 million) project was funded in 2012 through a 12-year direct loan for this Integrated Water Supply System. The water-supply project will integrate new and rehabilitated treatment …

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U.S. Embassy Launches New Website: lk.usembassy.gov

The Embassy of the United States in Sri Lanka launched its new website ( lk.usembassy.gov ) yesterday, featuring a more mobile-friendly layout, with easy-to-access and more locally-relevant news and information. The new homepage will allow users to quickly find answers to visa questions, U.S. citizen services, job opportunities, and business opportunities, as well as latest Embassy-related …

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Message for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka and Maldives: Zika Virus

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Zika Virus The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Travel Guidance for Maldives regarding the risk of Zika virus infection. Zika virus is endemic .  The risk of Zika to travelers, especially pregnant women, in endemic countries is likely lower (but not zero) …

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Deputy Chief of Mission’s Remarks for AFCP Galle Fort World Heritage Site Documentation Closing Ceremony

As Prepared: Good afternoon everyone and thank you to everyone who helped organize this event today. A special thanks to project co-directors Professor P.B. Mandawala and architect Prasanna Ratnayake, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sampath Amaratuge, friends from the Central Cultural Fund, Galle Maritime Archaeological Museum, Galle Heritage Foundation, and other distinguished guests.  …

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U.S. Pacific Command Partners with Sri Lanka and Maldives on Oil Spill Management

Experts from the U.S. Pacific Command provided training for disaster response counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives on preparation and response to potential oil spill scenario that could severely impact local environment and tourism.   Both civilian and military participants shared experiences from recent oil spill response efforts, with hands-on field exercises that included a live …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local …

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U.S. Ambassador’s Fund Helps Preserve Sri Lankan Ritual Dances for Future Generations

As part of continued U.S. support for the preservation of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, the Embassy of the United States of America has awarded a grant to the University of Peradeniya to document and preserve four traditional ritual dance forms and related crafts. “We are proud to partner with the University of Peradeniya in its …

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Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney’s Remarks for TIFA Intersessional

Good Morning. I want thank the government of Sri Lanka, particularly minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Honorable Mr Malik Samarawickrama for hosting this intersessional meeting today.  As a relatively small island economy, Sri Lanka’s economy depends, to a considerable extent, on international external trade. As has been mentioned, the U.S. has been Sri …

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Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun M. Kumar’s Introductory Remarks for TIFA Intersessional

Thank you to the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Honorable Malik Samarawickrema. I would also like to thank my colleagues from the U.S. government here today. Ambassador Keshap – thank you for hosting us.  Mike [Delaney] – as always, it is great to work with you. I’m excited to be here representing the …

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USAF strengthens historic American ties to Jaffna: Op-ed by Ambassador Atul Keshap

The first American missionaries arrived in Jaffna in 1813, when the Rev. Samuel Newell founded the first American schools in Thellipalai. Those schools were the first of hundreds of schools and medical centers that provided for the people of northern Sri Lanka.  Continuing this deep connection between our two nations, this week Jaffna is welcoming …

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