SL High Commissioner Dharmapala Weerakkody presents Credentials to the President of Bangladesh
The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Dhaka, Dharmapala Weerakkody presented Letters of Credence to President Mohammed Shahabuddin of Bangladesh on Thursday, (07) at the Bangabhaban in Dhaka.
The credentials ceremony included a Guard of Honour at the Bangabhaban, the official residence and the office of the President of Bangladesh, followed by the presentation of credentials and a brief meeting by the new High Commissioner with the President of Bangladesh. Senior officials of the President’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh were present at the credential ceremony from the Bangladeshi side.
At the meeting, President Shahabuddin warmly welcomed the new Sri Lankan envoy and wished him success in his assignment. The President referred to the friendly and strong bilateral relations between the two countries covering multiple areas of cooperation and underscored the importance of further elevating this partnership to new heights through renewed initiatives.
High Commissioner Weerakkody thanked President Shahabuddin for his kind sentiments and conveyed to him, the greetings and best wishes of President Ranil Wickremesinghe which were warmly reciprocated by the Bangladeshi President.
High Commissioner Weerakkody briefed President Shahabuddin on the prevailing economic situation in Sri Lanka and highlighted that Sri Lanka is now in an economic recovery phase with the support of its international partners. He further said that Sri Lanka is committed to deepening its longstanding friendly bilateral relations with Bangladesh into a dynamic political, trade and business partnership by diversifying the areas of cooperation for the mutual benefit of both the nations.
High Commissioner Weerakkody joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 2000 and is a career diplomat with over 23 years of experience. He has served in various capacities both at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Missions abroad. He previously served as the Minister of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra and in different diplomatic assignments at Sri Lanka Missions in Bangkok, Manila, Rome and Chennai.
Prior to his appointment as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh, Mr. Weerakkody was the Director General of the South Asia Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka.
High Commission of Sri Lanka
12 December 202