Retired Air Drive Commander Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, who was first named as Sri Lanka’s Excessive Commissioner to Canada, will now go as Ambassador to Italy.His title was cleared by the Excessive Submit Committee (HPC) of Parliament to take up the posting in Rome.
Dias’ title was authorised final November to take up the highest put up on the Sri Lanka Mission in Ottawa however Canada delayed giving agrément to his appointment, following which he was named to go the Embassy in Rome.
In the meantime, P.M. Amza has been named as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia rather than Ahamed A. Jawad, who was named to the put up final November.
It isn’t clear why Jawad didn’t take up the put up.
Together with the 2 ambassadorial appointments, the HPC additionally authorised the names of 5 ministry secretaries.
They’re Anura Dissanayake because the Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation, Sirinimal Perera because the Secretary to the Ministry of City Growth and Housing, Maj. Gen. Jagath Alwis because the Secretary to the Public Safety Ministry, Bhadrani Jayawardena because the Secretary to the Ministry of Business and Commerce, and R. A. Ok. Ok Ranawaka because the Secretary to the Ministry of Lands and Land Growth.
Chief of the Home Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Authorities Whip Johnston Fernando, Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Udaya Gammanpila, Ramesh Pathirana, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle and MPs John Seneviratne, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Rishad Bathiudeen, Sarath Fonseka, D. Siddarthan attended the committee assembly. It was chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.