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Ambassador Atul Keshap’s Speech at 240th Marine Ball

November 14, 2015 Honorable Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, Your Excellency the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, High Commissioner of South Africa Geoff Doidge and Mrs. Doidge, General and Mrs. Banta, American Embassy colleagues and family members, members of the Colombo American community, and all distinguished guests, I bid you all a very good evening. I am ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Extends Condolences on the Passing of the Venerable Madhuluwawe Sobitha Thero

November 8, 2015 Sinhala Transalation  (PDF 173 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 61.6 KB) On behalf of the men and women of the Embassy of the United States of America, I extend condolences to the people and Government of Sri Lanka on the passing of the Venerable Madhuluwawe Sobitha Thero. The late Thero was respected for his efforts to nurture and protect ...
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Maldives: State of Emergency; Statement by State Department Spokesperson John Kirby

The United States is deeply concerned with recent events in Maldives, including today’s announcement of a state of emergency that curtails vital civil liberties and human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of movement, and safeguards against arbitrary detention and arbitrary and unlawful interference with one’s privacy. The United ...
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Demonstration Notice

November 3, 2015 The Embassy has received reports that multiple demonstrations have been planned in various parts of Colombo for this afternoon.  The exact time and venues of protests are unknown.  We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Expect heavy police presence and severe congestion in areas around ...
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U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap Pays Respects at Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Temple

Sinhala Translation  (PDF 183 KB) Tamil Translation  (PDF 122 KB) October 31, 2015: U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap visited the Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Temple in Colombo on October 29, at the invitation of Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan, grandson of the temple’s founder. During the visit, Ambassador Keshap was privileged to receive sacred “prasad” offerings from the Chief ...
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