A new form of diplomacy needed – President

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday stressed the importance of having a new form of diplomatic service instead of the traditional diplomatic service.

“Today we need a new form of Diplomatic Service instead of the existing traditional diplomatic service; a diplomatic service that is capable of performing their duties in assisting the economic development process of the country,” President said at a ceremony held at Temple Trees to hand over credentials to 17 newly-appointed Ambassadors and High Commissioners.

He also said that officers of the diplomatic service should be well knowledgeable of the prevailing state of the country and be able to identify the things that the country needs from the host countries.

Strengthening the relationships with the various influential social groups of the relevant countries and eliminating the wrong impressions and attitudes that have been created overseas by the groups linked with the LTTE, our diplomats should strive to convince about the reality of the situation prevailing in our country and thereby secure the honour of the country, he added.

Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said that the newly appointed officials for Sri Lankan missions have a vast experience in Foreign Service and many other fields.  (www.info.gov.lk)