New SL Ambassadors present credentials- Iran
newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Iran, Y.K.A. Rohanajith,
presented his credentials to Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the
Islamic Republic of Iran recently.
Following the presentation of his credentials, Ambassador Rohanajith
briefed the President of Iran on the Parliamentary Election that was
held in Sri Lanka on August 17 and on the action taken by the new
Government in Sri Lanka to implement their programmes and policies.
Referring to the friendly relations between Sri Lanka and Iran,
Ambassador Rohanajith said that he looked forward to working closely
with the Government of Iran to strengthen bilateral relations between
the two countries.
The Ambassador also stated that Sri Lanka had welcomed the successful
conclusion of the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna on 14
July 2015 and appreciated the assistance of the Government of Iran in
funding two leading projects in Sri Lanka: the Uma Oya Multipurpose
Project and the Rural Electrification Project. With regard to the
bilateral trade between the two countries, the Ambassador underscored
the need to further promote bilateral trade and highlighted that the
next Session of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between
Sri Lanka and Iran would provide an opportunity to discuss and consider
various matters to further promote bilateral trade between the two
countries. The President of Iran expressed the hope that the cordial
relations between Iran and Sri Lanka would be further strengthened and
the President wished Ambassador Rohanajith a successful tenure in Iran.
Ambassador Rohanajith also met Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier.
Ambassador Rohanajith joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1994
and has served at several Sri Lanka missions abroad. He was also a
former Director at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has
obtained a BA (Political Science) and a Postgraduate Diploma from the
University of Peradeniya and obtained an MSc in International Relations.
The newly appointed ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Korea,
Manisha Gunasekera presented her credentials to President Park Guen-Hye
at the President's office.
President Park welcomed the new Ambassador and spoke of the bilateral
relations which exist between the two countries.
The Ambassador expressed Sri Lanka's deep appreciation to the
Republic of Korea for hosting a 30,000 strong Sri Lankan expatriate
community which is making a significant contribution to the economy, as
well as for the support extended through development cooperation over
the years. She also referred to the interest of the Sri Lankan
Government to further elevate the existing close and friendly relations,
with particular emphasis on the political and economic spheres, in the
context of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations of the two
countries scheduled for 2017.
Ambassador Gunasekera joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1996,
and has among other posts, served as Sri Lanka's Deputy Permanent
Representative in Geneva, Director General/Donor Coordination of the
Ministry of Economic Development, and Director General/East Asia and
Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka.