Michael Appleton as New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, the country’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.

The announcement was made over the Office website of the New Zealand Government.

“New Zealand is opening a post in Colombo in 2021 because we are ready to take our relationship with Sri Lanka to a new level,” Mr Peters said. “In our current COVID world, it is more important than ever to have New Zealand diplomats in the field pursuing our national interest.”    

“Our countries have a lot in common – as island nations with large neighbours, a love of cricket and rugby, and traditions of Parliamentary democracy. We look forward to working more closely with Sri Lanka to promote a peaceful, prosperous Indo-Pacific region.”

Appleton, a career diplomat since 2005, is currently the Senior Foreign Affairs Adviser in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has had previous postings in India, the United States and Timor-Leste.

NZ Foreign Minister Winston Peters