Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma
(Photos by Sudath Silva)
Four foreign envoys including three new Ambassadors and a High Commissioner handed over their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 09 November. The ceremony for the handing over of credentials by the new diplomats was held at the President’s Office, Presidential Secretariat in Colombo under the patronage of President Rajapaksa.
The new envoys who presented their letters of credence were
Mr.Aram B Cisneros Naylor – Ambassador of the Republic of Panama
Mr.Alexander A.Karchava– Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Mr.Harimawan Suyitno – Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia
Mr. Mohammad Sufiur Rahman – High Commissioner for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Welcoming new envoys to the credential ceremony President Rajapaksa said that they are all joining their assignments at a crucial time when Sri Lanka’s economy is at a rapid growth after eliminating thirty years of brutal terrorism. The Government’s rehabilitation, reconciliation, resettlement, reconstruction and development process have achieved a huge amount of progress within short period of time. The President also said Sri Lanka seeks to work with the international community and requested their support to rebuild post war Sri Lanka, which would create an environment for the progress and prosperity of people.
The new envoys pledged to work diligently to strengthen bi-lateral relations as well as their goodwill and assistance for government’s development projects. After the presentation of credentials, the new diplomats signed the VIP visitors’ book.
The credential presentation ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Karunaratne Amunugama and senior officers representing Sri Lanka Security Forces. Chief of Protocol of the Ministry, senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and officials of the respective Embassies and the High Commission were also present at the occasion.