The government has decided to change a number of Sri Lankan ambassadors and high commissioners abroad within the next 30 days. It includes several major centers including New Delhi, Washington, Chennai, Tokyo, Beijing and Ottawa.
Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ruwanthi Delpitiya confirmed that several diplomats and heads of foreign embassies who are over 60 years of age have been instructed to return to Sri Lanka before October 04.
Kshenuka Seneviratne, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Ottawa, Ashoka Girihagama, Ambassador to Sweden Sudantha Ganegama Arachchi, Ambassador to Egypt (Cairo), Ambassador to Egypt (Cairo) were recalled within a month. Ratnapala and Sumith Nakandala of SEG in the Netherlands. Sumith Nakalandala has been given until October 22, 2020 to return to Sri Lanka based on his 60th birthday.
Meanwhile, former Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Ravinatha Ariyasinghe is to be appointed as the new Ambassador to the United States (Washington DC) and it is reported that Rodney Perera, who is currently serving as the Ambassador, will be recalled to the Ministry. Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo Kshanika Hirimburegama is to be appointed as the new High Commissioner to Ottawa, Canada while Palitha Kohona, a former Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs is to be appointed as the Ambassador to Beijing, China.
Meanwhile, former minister Milinda Moragoda has been nominated as the new High Commissioner to New Delhi, while former Ambassador to Sweden V.K. Wilson has been nominated for the post of Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai.