Three newly appointed heads of mission to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today, but the entire process done via a video conferencing ceremony.
Ambassador for the Republic of Brazil Sergio Luiz Canaes, Ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Iran Hashem Ashjazadeh and the High Commissioner of the Republic of India Gopal Baglay were part of this historic moment as the credentials were presented via a video conferencing ceremony.
This is the first time this solemn ceremony is conducted using internet technologies in the country. It was undertaken on the instructions of the President who did not want the presentation ceremony postponed until the COVID-19 crisis ends, the President's Media Division said.
It was a relatively short ceremony with the diplomats presenting their credentials to the President by displaying it to the camera. Afterwards, the President welcomed them.
Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena, Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Relations Ravinath Aryasinha and Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations Admiral Jayanath Colombage also participated at the ceremony.