The newly appointed Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Reethisri Wijeratne Mendis assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri Lanka on 30 January 2023.
Ambassador-designate Reethisri Wijeratne Mendis was warmly welcomed by the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bahrain and commenced work with a simple ceremony. Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine of kiribath, kavum and kokis was served on the occasion.
Addressing the staff, the Ambassador-designate expressed her intention to work towards further strengthening the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Bahrain, building on the foundations of political, economic, cultural cooperation and people-to-people linkages.
Speaking on the vision and the policies of the President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Government of Sri Lanka on economic recovery and development, the Ambassador-designate underscored the role of economic diplomacy played by the Embassy of Sri Lanka.
Ambassador-designate Wijeratne Mendis also emphasized the importance of optimizing the delivery of consular and welfare services to the Sri Lankan community in Bahrain, paying particular attention to the Sri Lankan migrant workers.
A member of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service batch of 1996, Ambassador-designate Reethisri Wijeratne Mendis has previously served as the Addl. Secretary, Middle East and African Affairs, Consular and Overseas Sri Lankans (Actg) of the Foreign Ministry.