New US Ambassador presents credentials
US Ambassador to Sri Lanka
and Maldives Atul Keshap presents his credentials to President
Maithripala Sirisena, while Secretary to the Ministry of
External Affairs, Chitranganee Wagiswara, and Secretary to the
President, P. B. Abeykoon, look on.
Atul Keshap, the new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives,
presented his credentials on Friday (21) to President Maithripala
Sirisena in Colombo.
Ambassador Keshap is a career diplomat with the US Department of
State, and has spent much of his career focusing on South Asia,
including Sri Lanka. 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 US$2 trillion in economic output. His other overseas postings
have included work at the US 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 DC on August 9.