Dinesh wants Diplomats to find solutions to external pressures
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena is calling on the country’s diplomatic service to find solutions for external pressures and challenges.
The minister made these comments after assuming duties in the Ministry on Monday (25 Nov).
Gunewardene also said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision is for Sri Lanka to be safe and secure; “leading the country towards a prosperous future.”
“In achieving these objectives, a single agency cannot work alone but must work in unison with other institutions, and hence the role of the Foreign Ministry is vital in this aspect,” he said.
The Minister also pledged his fullest support to the ministry and its officials and called on all staff members to work as a team in fulfilling the foreign policy objectives outlined by the Head of State.
Welcoming the Minister, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, said over the past months efforts had been made to institute efficient mechanisms to achieve foreign policy objectives, which could be evaluated through measurable targets and key performance indicators.
Recalling that Minister Gunawardena has always stood for Sri Lanka Foreign Service officers to be given priority in serving in foreign capitals, Secretary Aryasinha said the ratio of career diplomats heading Sri Lanka missions overseas has increased from 37% a year ago, to 58%.