Seven Ambassadors and a High Commissioner presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House yesterday (January 12).
Those who presented credentials were
01 Ambassador of Chile Andres Barbe
02 Cyprus High Commissioner Dementrious Theophylactou
03 Ambassador of Czech Republic Milan Hovorka
04 Danish Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen
05 Guatemala Ambassador Georges de La Rochew du Renzet Plihal
06 Republic of d’Ivery Coast Ambassador Sainy Tiemele
07 Cambodian Ambassador Pichkun Panha
08 Iran Ambassador Mohammed Zaeri Amirani.
The President briefed the envoys about the middle-path foreign policy of Sri Lanka and said that the country extends a hand of friendship to all the countries in the world. “Today Sri Lanka has only friends in the world,” he said.
President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in many areas including trade, investment and tourism.
While the new Ambassador of Iran is based in Colombo, others will function as non-resident Ambassadors/High Commissioner with residence in New Delhi.