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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

Malaysian Government Concerned about Non-reciprocity by Sri Lanka in Diplomatic Affairs

Colombo, 13 May, ( Malaysia is dismayed that Sri Lanka has not thought it fit to have a full-fledged diplomat appointed as High Commissioner there even though Malaysia has done so for years.

For the last one and half years Shanika Dissanayaka, Charge d' Affaires has acted as High Commissioner. She is a relatively a junior career diplomat and her role in a multi-racial country like Malaysia, which is one of the leading economic Tigers of Asia, was considered not only an affront to Malaysia, but also a disadvantage to Sri Lanka.

Malaysia has expressed its concern over Sri Lanka’s failure to take lively interest and be diplomatically active in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia is one of the topmost South East Asian countries and it is actively involved with Sri Lanka in numerous diplomatic, investment and trade related activities.

While Malaysian Mission in Colombo plays an active role in promoting Malaysian investment and trade activities, Sri Lankan mission in Kula Lumpur is very dormant for some time now. Sri Lanka High Commission has to play a leading role to promote bilateral diplomatic and other relations between Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

It was reported that some of the crucial country to country affairs in the realm of security were getting overlooked. When the Asian Tribune was researching the news story that Tamil Tigers were involved in getting training in the flying clubs in Malaysia, the High Commission was woefully uncooperative in providing assistance. It was strange that the Deputy High Commissioner was not cooperative in this effort. A Malaysian company admitted training Jaffna Tamil pilots working for the LTTE and the Commissioner seemed oblivious to that fact.

However, Asian Tribune learnt that earlier the name of Dr. G. Ranasinghe, one time Director of National Hospital and Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital was tipped for posting as High Commissioner, but subsequently for some unknown reason, filling of the vacancy of the High Commissioner in Malaysia was not taken up seriously.

Meanwhile, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, A M J Sadiq is to take over as the Head of the Publicity and Communication Division of the Foreign Ministry, as the present head Ravinath Ariyasinghe is to take up appointment as Ambassador to Belgium by April.

Furthermore, Ambassador designate to Washingnton , Los Angeles Consul General Jaliya Wickaramasuriya, and Wijesiri Padukkage, who is at present the Director General of UN Division in the Ministry has been appointed as Ambassador designate for Qatar are forwarded by the Foreign Ministry for Parliament High Post Committee.

In the meantime M.M. Jaffeer, Chief of Protocol, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been designated as Ambassador to Austria and the present Austrian Ambassador Anne Wijeywardene is expected to be posted as the head of UN Division in the Ministry.

Grace Asirvatham, a career diplomat is to take posting as Ambassador to The Netherlands replacing Pamela K. Deen.

Also Asian Tribune learns that Chandrapala Liyanage, Director of Media in the President’s Secretariat is to be posted as the Minister to Sri Lanka’s mission in Italy.

- Asian Tribune –

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