Appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army

With reference to comments that have appeared since the above appointment, the following is noted:

  • The appointment of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a sovereign decision by the Head of State.
  • Foreign entities trying to influence the decisions and internal administrative processes of public service promotions in Sri Lanka is unwarranted and unacceptable.
  • Articulating a position of concern on this appointment by certain bilateral partners and international organizations, based on allegations, is regrettable and contrary to the principles of natural justice espoused by all responsible members of the international community.

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Foreign Secretary Aryasinha calls for early inclusion of Sri Lanka as an ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha on Thursday (8 August 2019) called for an early decision by ASEAN to include Sri Lanka as an ASEAN Sectoral Dialogue Partner, in order to strengthen engagement with ASEAN and its member countries.This follows the submission to the ASEAN of Sri Lanka’s dossier for Sectoral Dialogue Partnership in March 2019.

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Sri Lanka High Commission welcomes a multi-school Girl Guide contingent from Sri Lanka at the High Commission premises in London

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera met with a 16-member delegation from the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association on Monday 05 August 2019 at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.  Fourteen girl guides from Musaeus College Colombo, Girls High School Kandy, Hillwood College Kandy and Maliyadewa Balika Vidyalaya Kurunegala led by the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association International Commissioner Manishini Ekanayake and Guide Captain Shiromi Serasinghe were in the UK to participate in a Girl Guide Camp in Leicestershire.

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