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:
||Prof. (Ms) Arusha Cooray
||Mr.Anuruddha Kumara Mallimarathchi
||High Commissioner Designate
||Mr.Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid