* New Ambassador and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka present credentials to President
Thu, Jul 22, 2021, 11:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 22, Colombo: A newly appointed Ambassador and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning (22).
The new envoys to Sri Lanka are High Commissioner of New Zealand Michael Edward Appleton and Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba Andrés Marcelo Garrido.
The Government of New Zealand with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Michael Edward Appleton as the first High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka based in Colombo. The New Zealand High Commission in India has so far coordinated Sri Lankan affairs.
Michael Edward Appleton said he was pleased to be the first High Commissioner to the newly established New Zealand High Commission in Sri Lanka, expanding diplomatic relations between the two countries.
President Rajapaksa commended Cuba for its support to Sri Lanka at the United Nations General Assembly.
The new envoys told the President that they are committed to developing long-term relations between Sri Lanka and their respective countries in new areas.
President Rajapaksa briefed the new ambassadors on the steps taken by the government since the outbreak of Covid and the progress made in vaccination.
The President explained the need for all countries to tackle climate change together and Sri Lanka as a country, has formed a task force to make plans under a formal arrangement.
The President underscored the focus on the use of organic fertilizers and the steps taken to obtain a high percentage of the country’s energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030.
President Rajapaksa pointed out to the envoys that the massive development projects carried out in the North and East after the humanitarian operation could be understood by visiting those areas.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Secretary to the President PB Jayasundera, Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Chief Alliance Officer Thushara Rodrigo and Director General of the President (Media) Sudeva Hettiarachchi were also present.