September 7, 2018 (LBO) – Alaina Teplitz has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next ambassador to Sri Lanka. Teplitz is a career foreign service officer who last served as the United States Ambassador to Nepal. She has been with the U.S. foreign service for almost 30 years and is an alumnus of Georgetown University.
When an Ambassador of the United States is nominated by the President, they have to undergo a process of confirmation where they have to be voted for by 51% of the Senate. The process can sometimes be contentious, causing some nominations to have to be withdrawn.
Teplitz will succeed the popular American Ambassador Atul Keshap. Currently the U.S. Embassy is run by the Chargé d’ Affaires Robert Hilton.
Congratulations to Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz on her confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Ambassador to #SriLanka and #Maldives! We look forward to welcoming her very soon. #PartnershipsMatter #USASL70 🇺🇸🇱🇰🇲🇻 https://t.co/fp9VvJLjGy
— U.S. Embassy Colombo (@USEmbSL) September 7, 2018