Sri Lanka High Commissioner for South Africa Sunil de Silva presented his credentials to the President of Malawi Arthur Peter Mutharika on 21 July as the High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka residing in Pretoria to the Republic of Malawi in the Capital Lilongwe. During the brief discussion following the credentials ceremony, held with President Mutharika, the High Commissioner conveyed the greetings of Maithripala Sirisena, the President. The High Commissioner was invited by the Malawian President to work towards enhancing economic and bilateral relations between the two countries. It was the first time an envoy from Sri Lanka presented credentials in Malawi, since establishing bilateral diplomatic relations in 2013.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the High Commissioner attended a press conference and later a cultural event organised by the Sri Lankan community in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Prior to presenting credentials, the High Commissioner met the Sri Lankan expatriate community in Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi on 19 July. He delivered a brief speech on the progress made by the unity government during the last two and half years and the action taken towards reconciliation between all the ethnic groups.