Aug 09, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today asked the newly appointed ambassadors and high commissioners to serve the interests of the country with utmost dedication and commitment while representing Sri Lanka overseas.
Addressing the envoys, who are ready to be deployed to take up appointments in 10 countries, at the Presidential Secretariat today (Aug 9), the President said the first and foremost duty of the envoys 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, increase Sri Lankan exports and technical cooperation.
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 image of Sri Lanka and take corrective steps when interested parties spread falsehoods and disinformation through social media and other mediums.
Following are the new Ambassadors/High Commissioners:
Prof. (Ms) Arusha Cooray - Ambassador Designate to Norway
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka - Ambassador Designate to Russia
Mr. M.M. Jaffeer - Ambassador Designate to Brazil
Mr. M.K.K. Girihagama - High Commissioner Designate to Canada
Mr. C.A.H.M. Wijeratne - Ambassador Designate to Poland
Mr. S.S. Ganegama Arachchi - Ambassador Designate to Sweden
Ms. S.S. Premawardena -Ambassador Designate to Vietnam
Mr. Anuruddha Kumara Mallimarathchi - High Commissioner Designate to South Africa
Mr. Austin Fernando- High Commissioner Designate to India
Mr. Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid- High Commissioner Designate to Pakistan
Secretary to the President Udaya R Seneviratne and Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam also took part in this meeting.