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* Foreign Ministry plans to recruit 40 officers for foreign services by July
Fri, Nov 18, 2022, 09:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 18, Colombo: Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry has disclosed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Foreign Affairs that the Ministry intends to absorb forty recruits for foreign services, in batches by July as recruitment for Foreign Service has not been made since 2018.

Minister Sabry made this disclosure when he chaired the first meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Foreign Affairs recently in response to the concerns raised by the members present on the quality of the recruits of Foreign Service and the current status of the examination.

The members raised concerns that many Sri Lankans are seen on pavements near foreign embassy entrances from morning till noon. The Members were of the view that it is not a pleasant sight and therefore a proper mechanism should be established to avoid the situation. The Minister stated that discussions have been carried out regarding the matter and it will be looked into as soon as possible.

Furthermore, explaining the array of tasks performed by the Ministry, minister Sabry said apart from the daily tasks, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also involved in looking into various concerns raised by the UNHRC and ways to domestically face such international concerns.

The Minister also stated that a lot of ground work is being done coordinating with foreign nations given the debt restructuring process.

Ali Sabry, PC explained the nature of services provided by the Foreign Ministry and highlighted during the weekend in its role in coordinating the efforts to rescue 303 Sri Lankans who were abandoned by traffickers in the middle of the sea as well as providing consular assistance to cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka at the time of his arrest.

Further he highlighted the Sri Lankan High Commission in London’s role during the world tourism forum to promote Sri Lanka globally. Thus, many of the work carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sometimes does not get enough publicity due to its nature.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya, State Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Shantha Bandara, Diana Gamage, Ashoka Priyantha, Members of Parliament Dr. Kavinda Jayawardhana, Sudath Manjula, Sanjeeva Edirimanna, Wasantha Yapabandara, Chandima Weerakkody, Weerasumana Weerasinghe were present at the Committee meeting.


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