Ten new envoys appointed

Published : 12:01 am  August 11, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (66) reads | 

By Sandun A Jayasekera

Seven new ambassadors and three high commissioners were appointed yesterday at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat by President Maithripala Sirisena.  

 

Need to serve the interest of Sri Lanka

 

The Presidential Secretariat said in a statement that former diplomat Dayan Jayatilaka was appointed as ambassador to Russia, while former presidential secretary Austin Fernando was appointed High Commissioner 
to India.   


The President asked the newly-appointed ambassadors and high commissioners to serve the interests of Sri Lanka with utmost dedication and commitment.   


He said the foremost duty of the envoys was to promote Sri Lanka abroad and obtain maximum possible cooperation from the host nations and pointed out that the priority areas in this regard were investments, trade, technical cooperation, education, health and exports.   


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


He said it was vital to showcase and project a correct and positive image of Sri Lanka and take corrective steps when interested parties spread falsehoods and disinformation through social media and other mediums.  

 

The foremost duty of the envoys was to promote Sri Lanka abroad and obtain maximum possible cooperation from the host nations and pointed out that the priority areas in this regard were investments, trade, technical cooperation, education, health and exports.   


The new Sri Lankan envoys are:Prof. Arusha Cooray – Ambassador designate to Norway, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka – Ambassador designate to Russia, M.M.Jaffeer – Ambassador designate to Brazil, M.K.K. Girihagama — Ambassador designate to Canada, C.A.H.M. Wijeratne – Ambassador designate to Poland, S.S. Ganegama Arachchi – Ambassador designate to Sweden, S.S. Premawardena — Ambassador Designate to Vietnam, Anuruddha Kumara Mallimaratchchi – High Commissioner designated to South Africa, Austin Fernando — High Commissioner designate to India and Noordeen Mohamed Shaheed — High Commissioner designate to Pakistan.