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HPC’s nod for 13 presidential foreign mission nominees

The Committee on High Posts of Parliament to Examine the Suitability of Persons Nominated/Appointed to the State Services and State Corporations (High Posts Committee - HPC) has approved the appointments of 13 persons nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena as Heads of Sri Lanka Missions overseas.

Among the 13 are nine career diplomats of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS and they are A.S. Khan, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Nigeria; U.L. Mohammed Jauhar, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Kuwait; Dr. A.S.U Mendis, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea; S. Shanika Dissanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Jordan; W.G.S. Prasanna, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam; Himalee Arunatilaka, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal; Lakshitha Ratnayaka, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Cuba; P.R.S. Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Ethiopia and D.P.C.W. Karunaratne, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Lebanon.

The High Posts Committee has also approved the appointments of J. C. Weliamuna, President’s Counsel and prominent human rights activist-lawyer as High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Australia, former Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Kapila Jayampathy (Rtd.) as High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Malaysia, Nimal Karunaratne, former Additional Surveyor General as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Maldives, and Kithsiri Athulathmudali, international business consultant and businessman as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Qatar.

Sri Lanka maintains 52 High Commissions/Embassies overseas. With these appointments, the percentage of career diplomats who will head Sri Lanka Missions overseas will increase to 54 per cent, from 37 per cent in 2019. Of the 27 Heads of Mission appointed this year, 23 are from the Sri Lanka Foreign Service. 


 

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