Wellawatte removed from Australia post and appointed as envoy to Italy

Jagath Wellawatta has been appointed as the new Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Italy following strong criticism after he was nominated as the High Commissioner of Australia.

The Committee on High Posts today approved his appointment as the new Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Italy.

Wellawatte was previously nominated as the High Commissioner of Australia and cleared by the Parliament committee.

The appointment of J.M Janaka Priyantha Bandara, the current High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Nigeria, as the new Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Myanmar was also approved.

The Committee on High Posts also approved the appointment of three Secretaries to Ministries.

Approval was given to the appointment of J. J Ratnasiri, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government, Prof. J. M. Udith K. Jayasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and S.M Piyatissa, Secretary to the State Ministry of Gem and Jewelery related Industries.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Douglas Devananda, Bandula Gunawardena, State Ministers Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Vidura Wickramanayake and Members of Parliament Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Vijitha Herath, Rishard Bathiudeen  and Thalatha Athukorala were present at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. You have a Problem about language? Even in Italy, the same language problem will relentlessly follow him. See the Yahoo news which says, “you can learn a new language in three months”. Matter settled.

  2. It would be good if Colombo Gazette did publish the candidates’ credentials to become diplomats as well. But the media won’t say a word about their credentials because media personnel do not have journalist credentials either. In essence, fools are supporting the other fools. This is why Sri Lanka has no hope.

  3. Easwaran Rutnam,

    Re: the claims of tourism being revived in Sri Lanka.

    Why don’t you query the merits of allowing tourists from Russia and the surrounding nations with a double dose vaccination rate of approx 32%, and a death toll exceeding over 1000 daily into Sri Lanka. Why are Sri Lankan’s being subjected to this risk, and how is the risk being mitigated ?

    • Gabriella you seem working for the CIA. Generally, the Five Eyes countries hate Russia, because it is the only country can compete with the Five Eyes. You would spread Delta Plus in Sri Lanka if too many Russians are visiting :–)))

      Easwaran Rutnam, please ignore western propaganda.

      Sri Lanka needs income, plus it has to provide jobs to the local people. It also vaccinating Sri Lankans. Notably, the COVID 19 death rate is decreasing in Sri Lanka. Therefore, I don’t have any issue Russians visiting Sri Lanka.

      • Yes, the death toll is over 13000 odd people. Let’s attract tourists from countries where the death toll is accelerating due to the poor uptake in vaccinations !!!!!!

        Nobody is advocating the banning of tourists, but, let’s make certain, tourists from these Red Zone ( more crimson than red) countries don’t compound the problem in Sri Lanka.


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