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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (March 29, 2020)

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health confirmed 115 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka On March 19, 2020, the Department of State issued a global Level 4 Health Advisory (Do Not Travel) advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure ...
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United States Delivers $40 Million in Financing to Support Small Businesses and Empower Sri Lankan Women

COLOMBO, September 16, 2021: Today, the United States provided $40 million in financing to SDB Bank in order to bolster Sri Lanka’s Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) sector and assist women entrepreneurs. The loan is part of $265 million in funding the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is providing to Sri Lankan banks, ...
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Transcript of Ambassador Teplitz’s interview with Awarelogue Initiative

August 31, 2021   Question:  As your tour of duty comes to an end in Sri Lanka, what were the most significant developments of your ambassadorial term.   Ambassador Teplitz:  Serving as Ambassador to any country really is an honor and a humbling experience.  Sri Lanka’s a magnificent country.  It’s been really exciting to travel around, to meet people and of course as I ...
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U.S. to support conservation of historical Kandy monuments

COLOMBO, September 2, 2021: The United States government, through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), has awarded a grant to conserve a 17th century Royal Palace and Archaeology Museum in Kandy.  Funding for the project totals over 52 million Sri Lankan rupees ($265,000). Since 2001, AFCP has funded 14 projects in Sri Lanka, ...
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Transcript of Ambassador Teplitz’s Interview with Daily Mirror

August 30, 2021   Question:  My first question is, when you met with the journalists in your latest interaction you mentioned something about this Port City law and you said there are some openings for money laundering in it.   Actually what are the specific areas of this particular law you look at. Ambassador Teplitz:  It was a ...
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U.S. donates over 100,00 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to Sri Lanka

August 28, 2021 Colombo, Sri Lanka — The United States donated over 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka today. These vaccines, delivered through COVAX, will help save lives and increase the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Sri Lanka so essential to ending the pandemic. “As the pandemic continues and new variants emerge, ...
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