Aug 19, Colombo: Two new Ambassadors and one High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena Monday (19) at a ceremony held at the President's House in Colombo.
The Envoys who presented credentials were Trine Jøranli Eskedal - Ambassador of Kingdom of Norway, Sarah Hulton - High Commissioner of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Tanja Gonggrijp - Ambassador of Netherlands.
Addressing the new envoys, the President said that all three countries represented by the new envoys have excellent longstanding relations with Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena said that the fact that all three envoys are women of outstanding achievements was a proud signal of women empowerment.
President Sirisena noted that the population of Sri Lanka comprises 52 percent women and they make a tremendous contribution to the economy. He said the women engaged in garment industry, expatriate employment and plantation industry help the country to earn foreign exchange.
The three envoys conveyed the best wishes of their respective governments to President Sirisena and emphasized they would endeavor to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation during their tenure in Sri Lanka.
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake, Secretary to the President, Udaya R Seneviratne, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Additional Secretary Esala Weerakoon were also present on this occasion.