Lanka to brief diplomats, media regularly

DSC_8009The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to have regular briefings for diplomats and the media based in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the Ministry has appointed Ms. Mahishini Collonne as the official spokesperson to hold regular briefings and interactions with the media and diplomatic community.

Samaraweera said this when he briefed ambassadors representing twenty four countries and other senior diplomatic officials on the achievements of the Government over the last four months. He also outlined some of the government’s future plans.

His briefing explained efforts by the Government to restore democracy through constitutional, administrative and cultural changes.

The critical importance the government placed on efforts to build a “truly multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual society where diversity is celebrated” and where all citizens would enjoy “full and equal citizenship” was also emphasized.

In this context, he highlighted efforts underway to win the trust of all Sri Lankans and discussed plans to address key issues especially missing persons, restoring land to rightful owners and reconciliation.

Samaraweera also noted that Sri Lanka, whose foreign policy has been reset to serve the interests of all Sri Lankans, was eager to regain its position as a constructive and respected member of the international community. (Colombo Gazette)