New US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz sworn-in

Alaina Teplitz, a senior diplomat of the United States who has been posted to three other countries in South Asia, has been sworn-in as the next Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the federal government in Washington announced on Monday. Ambassador Teplitz replaces Ambassador Atul Keshap who served in this capacity for three years as chief of the US government’s mission to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

President Donald Trump appointed the incoming ambassador on May 24 this year. This appointment was passed in the Senate on September 7.

Teplitz’s oath was administered by David Hale, Trump’s Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Teplitz, joined the Foreign Service in 1991, has served as Ambassador to Nepal and has served in the US missions in Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

 

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