Re-assure world on Lanka’s security conditions, President tells new envoys | Daily News
Now 55% mission heads are Foreign Service officers:

Re-assure world on Lanka’s security conditions, President tells new envoys

President Maithripala Sirisena has asked new Sri Lankan Ambassadors and High Commissioners to remove dispel apprehensions abroad about Sri Lanka’s security situation and urge every country to lift travel advisories.

The President addressing 17 new Sri Lankan envoys and senior officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday pointed out that every officer in the last two batches of envoys he had appointed as ambassadors and high commissioners were from the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS) and with these appointments, the proportion of SLFS officers heading Sri Lankan missions abroad has increased from 35% to 55%.

The number of SLFS officers as Sri Lankan Embassies and High Commissions will increase to 28 in 52 Embassies and High Commissions with these appointments. Previously, as much as 60% were political appointees and only 40% were from the SLFS.

New Sri Lankan envoys have now been appointed for the missions in Brussels, Turkey, Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Netherlands, Singapore, Austria, Washington, and the Office of the Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York. The list of nominated new ambassadors have received the approval of the Committee on High Posts in Parliament. Foreign Ministry Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha expressed his gratitude to the President for appointing such a large number of SLFS officers as heads of missions for the first time and, thereby, ensuring a healthy balance between Service professionals and political appointees. He also briefed the President about the orientation programme organized by the Ministry for the new heads of missions.

 


 

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