Obama nominates Atul Keshap as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives (Watch Video)

Obama nominates Atul Keshap as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives (Watch Video)

Written by Staff Writer

27 Mar, 2015 | 1:12 pm

US President Barack Obama has nominated Atul Keshap, a former Indian-American official at its Embassy in New Delhi, as the next US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Obama on Thursday announced the nomination of Atul Keshap, a career foreign service official, as the next US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Keshap is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau of the State Department. As his current role, Keshap had worked closely with Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal to coordinate US policy toward India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, and Bhutan.

From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director for India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

Keshap, a graduate of University of Virginia, studied economics, international relations, diplomacy, and religious studies, as well as French.

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