Listening to all sides is part of our job: Envoys

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Responding to criticism directed at foreign envoys for meeting with local party representatives, German Ambassador Joern Rohde said that listening to all sides was a part of their job.

Speaking for his foreign counterparts, the German Ambassador stated that the criticism directed at the Canadian High Commissioner and members of the diplomatic community over whom they meet with was unfair.

“Last Tuesday around a dozen envoys including the Canadian High Commissioner and myself met with four leading UFPA MPs and Ministers on their request. We respected their request for confidentiality. Afterwards we were invited to meet the TNA leadership. Diplomatic Community also had meetings with President, Speaker and other stakeholders. To listen to all sides is part of our job!” he tweeted.

Retweeting Ambassador Rohde, Canadian High Commissioner David McKinnon also said, “As my diplomatic colleague says, "To listen to all sides is part of our job.”

Earlier this week, UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa said UNP, JVP and TNA politicians should meet the people of Sri Lanka rather than the representatives of the international community.

“Interesting to see UNP, JVP and TNA politicians meeting with the members of the international community. Perhaps if more effort was given towards meeting with the people of Sri Lanka and paying heed to their hope for elections, Sri Lanka can finally achieve its fullest potential,” the parliamentarian tweeted.

Canadian High Commissioner David McKinnon replying to Rajapaksa said, “You might ask some of your Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna colleagues who they’re meeting with,”

Rajapaksa then thanked the High Commissioner for his engagement. “Recalling that Sri Lanka remains a sovereign nation and home to a brilliant people, the leaders of Sri Lanka, whoever they may be, should focus on engaging with Sri Lankan people and solving their concerns, including their call for elections,” he replied. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • ANTON Friday, 23 November 2018 03:46 PM

    WHY DON'T YOU LISTEN TO POOR CITIZENS ? IS IT SOMETHING BEYOND YOUR JOB ?

    lkboy Friday, 23 November 2018 04:11 PM

    Thats why he is listening to the Poor people's representatives.

    vithura Friday, 23 November 2018 04:26 PM

    That is the job of those you elect to parliament!

    Banda Friday, 23 November 2018 04:39 PM

    Listing in what language? The head of state can't speak in their language.

    Hodha Hitha Friday, 23 November 2018 03:46 PM

    Why did Canadian High Commissioner replied to Namal Rajapakse and waste is time. Banal is a person who doesn't know what is 'Foreign Affairs' means. They don't know the importance international community when country is in trouble.

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:06 PM

    Namal understands foreign affairs far better than UNP idiots

    Charlie brown Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:15 PM

    Namal understands ...shall I put this on the govt.account or will you be paying for this Sir ?

    Kumara Friday, 23 November 2018 03:46 PM

    Hon.Ambassador, you are absolutely right. However we elect morons to our parliament. They do not know the basic norm. They have an inferiority complex. Namal Rajapakse baby is in the nursery. You may ignore him. He is being nursed and bottle fed.

    Scooby Doo Friday, 23 November 2018 04:29 PM

    Sri Lankans are thinking that they are surviving with the resources available in their own country. All countrues should teach these fools a good lesson.

    LVS Friday, 23 November 2018 03:47 PM

    hey Diplomats, don't take it seriously, Namal is just a baby, it's gibberish, trying to wake up from a dream

    Ana Friday, 23 November 2018 04:26 PM

    Namal is an IDIOT

    Be Fair Friday, 23 November 2018 04:06 PM

    So Namal baby didnt know that UPFA/SLPP Ministers met the Diplomats. ha ha ha hah hah

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:07 PM

    Namal did not ask not to meet foreigners because that would be like asking UNP and JVP to forego their daily meals. He asked them to listen to peoples' wishes as well.

    Gayan Friday, 23 November 2018 04:33 PM

    Dont worry. There are people with colonial slave mentality still in our country. As long as they live you will have your Job.

    abc Friday, 23 November 2018 07:55 PM

    So these diplomats have their jobs because of Sri Lankans?

    Realist Friday, 23 November 2018 09:25 PM

    Gayan kindly make sure your stay within Sri Lanka and only spend your LKR on pure Sri Lankan products.

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:08 PM

    abc, these unimportant souls can feel important because of colonial slaves in SL

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:10 PM

    Realist, what has buying foreign products got to do with protecting your sovereignty?

    Ranasinghe Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:14 PM

    They act without cloths

    Banda Friday, 23 November 2018 04:44 PM

    Namal's Appuchi was the nation's President but to ensure his son is ascending to the throne he became as an MP and now as PM, and we know how, under the powerful President. But Namal baby is not maturing. Poor Appuchi.

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:10 PM

    You need to go to a school and learn proper grammar.

    Chandana Friday, 23 November 2018 04:47 PM

    Namal trying to fool ordinary people that foreign Diplomats working with Ranil who is accepted world wide, but to cover the story. But the truth is 'Pohottu' guys also meeting foreign diplomats secretly, but to cover 'pohottu' drama and ordinary people to think asking for democracy by UNF is a foreign mission in Sri Lanka, Alas Namal baby...

    N.Sethu Friday, 23 November 2018 04:50 PM

    "Get out from Sri Lanka"

    Senewi Friday, 23 November 2018 05:04 PM

    Mr Joern Rohde , you are violating Geneva Conventions !

    lakmal Friday, 23 November 2018 05:10 PM

    Dear foreign envoys, please stop giving visa to our so called politicians and force them to stop robbing the nation and work for the people who elected them.

    waduge Friday, 23 November 2018 06:21 PM

    i cant say get out Europe .because tv.t ph. c.p. cars cricket,rugby technolage five stars. so please European rule this .country again dont go. ..

    Palli Kanda Friday, 23 November 2018 06:36 PM

    Ambassador, don't you realise Prince Namal is a Lawyer? He made through the Law exams all alone - one of the greatest achievements of a politicians son in our country.

    Sunil Sirisena Friday, 23 November 2018 07:09 PM

    VIENNA CONVENTION - 1961

    tommy Friday, 23 November 2018 09:11 PM

    Good to talk about "VIENNA CONVENTION" but, we take our begging bowl to these nations asking loans and donations.

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:12 PM

    Begging is UNP thing, when MR was in power we take loans and settle them.

    Nimal Friday, 23 November 2018 10:03 PM

    Help the country by getting together with other decent democracies and have an agency to keep an eye on the crooked politicians of the third world who rob the assets and hard earned tax money and invest in the Western countries. Confiscate their assats,punish them in your country and even deny then visa. These crooks under mine the well being of innocent citizens, undermine and damage the wild life and environment where rain forests are decimated.Also educate our young in your country and SEND THEM BACK so that they will demand the high standards that they have observed in your country and demand it for their people back home.

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:13 PM

    UNPers suffer from slave mentality. If a white man says something to them, it is like divine intervention to them. This is the biggest calamity that fell upon independent Lanka. Infact I despise living with these slaves. Hope a big tsunami comes and it kills all the UNPers.

    Machan Friday, 23 November 2018 10:38 PM

    If you sent that VW plant to Sri Lanka on time the previous government would have had a better chance.

    Tinkiriya Friday, 23 November 2018 11:00 PM

    Sri Lanka is not a sovereign nation. Our people need to be emancipated from slavery from all POLITICIANS and China.

    Haramanis Friday, 23 November 2018 11:42 PM

    Sri Lanka should also have its ambassadors interfering in the affairs of other nations - to see what happens!!

    jayanath Saturday, 24 November 2018 12:14 AM

    Dear Sir,You can listen to what ever shit you like. But do not interfere with internal affairs or make comments on political matters in SL,That is indeed not a part of your job!. for all western nations There will be a day that you will pay for all your wrong doing in Asian countries. It may not come in my lifetime. But I am dead sure, there will be a day! and that toll your grand sons will not be able to stand......


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