New US envoy to Sri Lanka meets President Sirisena

Ambassador Keshap is a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, and has spent much of his career focusing on South Asia, including Sri Lanka. Atul Keshap, the new U S Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, presented his credentials today to President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony in Colombo. The ceremony marks the official beginning of Keshap’s tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka.Keshap conveyed best wishes from President Obama and Secretary State John Kerry to President Sirisena and assured the fullest US support to Sri Lanka’s economic development and reconciliation. He said that his country wishes to take bilateral relations with Sri Lanka to a new height. Most recently, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in Washington DC, working closely with a strategic region of almost 1.7 billion people and over $2 trillion in economic output. His other overseas postings have included work at the U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, India; Rabat, Morocco; and Conakry, Guinea. Ambassador Keshap has expressed great enthusiasm for his new posting in Sri Lanka. “I have travelled to Sri Lanka many times in my career, and every time I have been struck by the incredible natural beauty of these islands, and tremendous hospitality and warmth of the people who live there,” he said during his official swearing in ceremony in Washington D.C. on August 9. (Colombo Gazette)

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