High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Saroja Sirisena assumed duties on Monday, the High Commission today said.
It said prior to assumption of duties, religious observances and chanting of seth pirith was conducted by the Chief Incumbent of the London Buddhist Vihara and the Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain the Most Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Thero at the London Buddhist Vihara.
Addressing the High Commission Staff, High Commissioner-designate Sirisena emphasized the importance of working as a team to advance the national interests and welfare of Sri Lankans, and to further the friendly relations between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.
Ms.Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign service in 1998 and served as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Vienna immediately prior to her appointment in London.
She also served as the Director General, Economic Affairs; Director General, Public Diplomacy and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka; Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai; Director General for External Relations in the Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka; Director, South Asia and Director, Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka.
Her previous diplomatic posts include Minister, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office in Geneva; Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels, and First Secretary, Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris.
High Commissioner-designate Saroja Sirisena holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.
ANTON Tuesday, 03 March 2020 04:55 PM
AT LAST , A QUALIFIED PERSON FOR A TOP POSITION !!!
Sithum Tuesday, 03 March 2020 04:55 PM
Great to see a young career diplomat get this important posting for a change
Michael Obeyesekere Wednesday, 04 March 2020 05:23 AM
Top stuff, more of her caliber should be appointed round the world. Many thanks to President Rajepakse for his faith in the young and educated. Best of Luck to her Excellency.
Milinda Wednesday, 04 March 2020 04:53 AM
Congratulations lady. We need young educated career minded people to look after Srilanka s interest specialy in the unscrupulous undemocratic western nations. U.K. is a nation that has robbed large amount of Srilankan wealth in the past. They continue to meddle in the internal affairs of Srilanka. Hence you will have to be very careful in dealing with these white men from U.K. Also please indicate to the citizens of of Srilanka that you don't belong to the hopper clan Sirisena. Good luck lady in your future dealings.
Devinda Uduwara Wednesday, 04 March 2020 05:24 AM
It's ok. What about Beddage to Maldives.It's a tragedy. Give him a key post in SLRC, ITN or SLBC. That will be effective.
Gp Wednesday, 04 March 2020 07:25 AM
Great, perfect person for the job with good experience, rather than political jokers.... we wish you well.
cheers Wednesday, 04 March 2020 07:55 AM
Country first, people first bring glory to our mother land against all evil forces
srimathi sumathi Wednesday, 04 March 2020 08:14 AM
Yes, great. Hope all the other appointments too will base based on qualifications and experience.
Ank Thursday, 05 March 2020 06:17 AM
War crimes srilankan government terror government on country people kill Tamil tigers freedom of fighter .we want justice.
M Abey Thursday, 05 March 2020 03:04 PM
At last a career Diplomat is given this top position. Great work Mr President
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