Three new women envoys is a sign of Women’s Empowerment – President

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that the fact that all three newly appointed envoys to Sri Lanka from Norway, United Kingdom and the Netherlands are women of outstanding achievements, is a proud sign of women’s empowerment.

The head of state made this remark when the three new European envoys to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to him at the President’s House in Colombo today (August 19).

The Envoys who presented credentials were Trine Eskedal – Ambassador of Norway, Sarah Hulton – High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Tanja Gonggrijp – Ambassador of Netherlands.

Trine Eskedal – Ambassador of Norway handing over credentials to President Sirisena

President Sirisena, who called on the new ambassadors and high commissioner, stated that the three countries and Sri Lanka have had a long-standing and close relationship with each other.

The President also expressed his confidence in the to develop new approaches to further strengthen ties between the countries.

Sarah Hulton High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland handing over credentials to President Sirisena

The President also noted that the population of Sri Lanka comprises 52% women, who make valuable and tremendous contributions to the economy of the island.

Sirisena also said that women engaged in the garment industry, expatriate employment and plantation industry help the country to earn foreign exchange as well.

Tanja Gonggrijp – Ambassador of Netherlands handing over credentials to President Sirisena

The three envoys also went on to convey their best wishes of their respective government to President Sirisena and highlighted that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation during their tenure in Sri Lanka.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Wasantha Senanayake, Secretary to the President, Udaya R Seneviratne, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Ariyasinha and Additional Secretary Esala Weerakoon were also present on this occasion.

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