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First envoy to Libya

The Government has selected the Chief of Protocol at the Foreign Ministry Sudantha Ganegama Arachchi as Sri Lanka’s first Ambassador to Libya with the two countries agreeing to have full diplomatic relations, following President Rajapaksa’s recent state visit to the key North African country.

In recent months Libya has opened its employment market to Sri Lanka offering as much as 100,000 jobs there to Lankans. During President Rajapaksa’s recent visit to the oil rich nation, it also pledged about US$ 500 million in assistance to Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has also nominated its Economic Affairs Division Director, General Ahamed A. Jawad, as the country’s new ambassador to Poland.

The previous Lankan Envoy to Warsaw Clarence Chinniah died suddenly of a heart attack in January and the position there had remained vacant ever since with speculation that the authorities here were even considering closing down the Embassy in Poland along with several others like the ones in Oslo, The Hague and Stockholm, as they have been considered as not much benefit to Sri Lanka, even though maintained at great cost to the tax payer.

Last month many an eye brow was raised when there were alleged attempts to send a retired SLAS officer to Warsaw to fill the vacancy created by the death of Ambassador Chinniah.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama is now expected to undertake a ten day overseas tour covering Vienna, London and Washington from tomorrow.

 

 

 


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