Envoys should obtain maximum cooperation from host nations: Prez

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said the first and foremost duty of the newly appointed ambassadors and high commissioners is to promote Sri Lanka abroad and obtain maximum possible cooperation from the host nations.

He pointed out that the priority areas in this regard are investments, trade, technical cooperation, education, health, increasing Sri Lankan exports and technical cooperation.

Addressing 10 ambassadors and high commissioners at the Presidential Secretariat, he said the new envoys should serve the interests of the country with utmost dedication and commitment while serving abroad representing Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena said that the envoys representing Sri Lanka abroad should firmly commit themselves to the policies and the vision of the government and promote Sri Lanka keeping that in mind.

He pointed out the imperative need to showcase the correct positive picture of Sri Lanka and take corrective steps when interested parties spread falsehoods and disinformation through social media and other mediums.

The new Ambassadors and High Commissioners are:

01 Prof. (Ms) Arusha Cooray  Ambassador-Designate Norway
02 Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka Ambassador-Designate Russia
03 Mr.M.M.Jaffeer  Ambassador-Designate Brazil
04 Mr.M.K.K.Girihagama Ambassador-Designate Canada
05 Mr.C.A.H.M. Wijeratne Ambassador-Designate Poland
06 Mr.S.S.Ganegama Arachchi  Ambassador-Designate Sweden
07 Ms.S.S. Premawardena Ambassador-Designate Vietnam
08 Mr.Anuruddha Kumara Mallimarathchi High Commissioner Designate South Africa
09 Mr.Austin Fernando High Commissioner-Designate India
10 Mr.Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid High Commissioner-Designate Pakistan

  Comments - 7

  • Expatriate Friday, 10 August 2018 12:39 PM

    The fact is no Western nation nor any other major nation has any regard or respect for Sri Lanka. Only consolation for Sri Lanka is as it is not a Muslim country,it is not looked upon with any suspicion. With no industrial or scientific base but only focusing in building hotels and worshiping the white visitors would not gain any respect nor make it any richer.

    Ceylon Friday, 10 August 2018 01:23 PM

    None of above ate proffesional diplomats.all are totaly useless political henchmen.these all are bribes given for their licking skills.

    Lion Friday, 10 August 2018 02:17 PM

    Non of those you say will not be of their concern.What matters to them is the amount they get,facilities they are entitled to and finally how much they can when they get Back home.This is what happens in reality.

    avin Friday, 10 August 2018 05:03 PM

    Whatever you say will those appointees listen or take the blame for their failures? Do not ever think general public are set of fools. All politicas(asses) will earn their fortune and wipe out the image of this country. In generations to come will curse all politicas graves.

    Ash Friday, 10 August 2018 06:40 PM

    As the President of the country you should mention 10 positive things about investing in SL. Where's the country stability, corruption and commission is the only way forward. So unfortunate for SL not having a Leader with guts

    SLFS Friday, 10 August 2018 06:42 PM

    As someone who works in the service about half of the names are from the service. I have worked in 5 missions and most do with the very little pay they get. FS grade1 salary is around 90,000 SLR with everything. While the ambassador allowance is around 3500 USD. Other officers earn while in service 1000 - usd to 2500. In a western nation this is not luxury.

    Gamini Friday, 10 August 2018 07:31 PM

    Is this a joke? How come MS appoint Dayan Jayatilake as Ambassador to Russia? Why Prime Minister is not opposing this move?

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