United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

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Ambassador of the United States to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
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Incumbent
Michele J. Sison

since June 29, 2012
Inaugural holder Felix Cole
as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
Formation August 3, 1949
Website U.S. Embassy - Colombo

U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.

The position of United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives has existed since 1949. Sri Lanka–United States relations and Maldives–United States relations have been friendly throughout the history of Sri Lanka and the history of the Maldives. The diplomatic mission representing the United States in both countries is located in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Michele J. Sison is the incumbent ambassador from the United States to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. She succeeded Patricia A. Butenis to this position.[1]

United States Ambassadors to Sri Lanka[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ambassador". Embassy of the United States. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 

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