New US Ambassador presents credentials to President
September 14, 2012 05:02 pm
U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison today presented her credentials as Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Ambassador Sison is a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor.
She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2012 as the next U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Ambassador Sison previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon (2008-2010), U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2004-2008), and Assistant Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq (2011-2012).
Her earlier assignments include service as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (2002-2004); Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan (1999-2002); Consul General/Principal Officer in Chennai, India (1996-1999); Consul General/Principal Officer in Douala, Cameroon; and tours in Cote díIvoire, Benin, Togo, and Haiti.
Sison also served as the State Departmentís Director of Career Development and Assignments (2010-2011).
She is the recipient of numerous State Department awards as well as the Presidential Meritorious Service Award and the U.S. Department of the Armyís Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.
Ambassador Sison, who was born in Virginia, earned her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College. She is the mother of two daughters.
Apart from Sison five other Ambassadors and two High Commissioners presented their credentials to the President today.
Ambassadors of Brazil, Hungary, Norway, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Germany as well as High Commissioners of Nigeria and Cyprus had presented their credentials, Presidentís media said.