Permanent Representative Saroja Sirisena Presents Credentials to CTBTO Executive Secretary, Dr. Lassina Zerbo

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) on 21 August 2019, at the office of the CTBTO in the Vienna International Centre accrediting her as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the CTBTO.

During the interaction, the Permanent Representative commended the extensive work carried out by the CTBTO under the leadership of Dr. Lassina Zerbo to strengthen the technical capacities of the developing world. Dr. Zerbo appreciated Sri Lanka’s participation to the activities of the CTBTO and invited Sri Lanka to be involved in future activities of the Organization.

Ambassador Sirisena, emphasised the significance of capacity building programmes conducted by the CTBTO, technical cooperation among the Member States and its impact on the developing world. She highlighted the importance of Sri Lanka’s inclusion in future CTBTO activities and reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to the work of the Organization.

Saroja Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as Director General Economic Affairs, Director General Public Diplomacy and the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Vienna.

In her Diplomatic Career, She served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai from 2014-2018 and held positions at Sri Lanka Missions in Geneva, Brussels and Paris.

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École Nationale d’Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Mahesh Mahakumarage, Second Secretary, Ms. Asanka Weerasingha, Attachée of the Sri Lanka Mission and Mr. Mohammad Darayaei, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, CTBTO.

Implementing free visa scheme for designated countries

Those who hold passports of listed countries and travel to Sri Lanka from 01.08.2019 to 31.01.2020 for tourist purposes are exempted paying ETA fee, in view of enhancing tourist arrivals from designated countries.

However, any foreign national who will be visiting Sri Lanka for a short period is required to apply ETA and ensure pre-approval before the journey to avoid unnecessary delays at the port of entry and adhere with enhanced pre clearance.

The list of countries is as follows:

Australia Hungary Philippines
Austria Iceland Poland
Belgium India Portugal
Bulgaria Indonesia Romania
Cambodia Ireland Russia
Canada Israel Singapore
China Italy Slovakia
Croatia Japan Slovenia
Cyprus Latvia South Korea
Czechia Lithuania Spain
Denmark Luxembourg Sweden
Estonia Malta Switzerland
Finland Malaysia Thailand
France Netherlands Ukraine
Germany New Zealand United Kingdom
Greece Norway United States of America

 

Condolence message by HE Mrs. Saroja Sirisena, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the passing away of Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano

On behalf of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Vienna and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of the late Yukiya Amano and colleagues of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mr. Amano would be remembered as an outstanding diplomat and a principled supporter of strengthening international security and stability. During his decade long tenure as the Director General of the IAEA, Mr. Amano has contributed greatly to enhance the efficiency of the IAEA. His ambitious efforts to develop peaceful use of nuclear energy and to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime, are remarkable.

His loss will be particularly felt by the nuclear non-proliferation regime, for whom he worked tirelessly.

AMBASSADOR SAROJA SIRISENA PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO FEDERAL PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC OF AUSTRIA

On 10 July 2019, Ambassador Saroja Sirisena presented Letters of Credence to His Excellency Dr Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna accrediting her as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to Austria.

The ceremony entailed the presentation of credentials, followed by a Guard of Honour and the playing of the national anthem of Sri Lanka followed by that of Austria in the courtyard of the Hofburg Palace. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs Irosha Cooray, Counsellor and Ms Asanka Weerasingha, Attaché of the Embassy.

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena conveyed greetings of HE Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, recalling his visit to Austria in 2016. President Van de Bellen reciprocated his greetings to the President of Sri Lanka and recalled his visit to Sri Lanka as a tourist. He commended Sri Lanka’s position as a global destination for tourists including amongst Austrians. Discussions focussed on enhancing the profile of Austro-Lanka bilateral relations. It was welcomed that bilateral trade has witnessed an upward trend which lays a foundation for Austrian business and industry to view Sri Lanka as a gateway to the Asian region considering its market access, geo strategic location, logistics and infrastructure. The Austrian President was briefed on the importance of global efforts for enhancing security and the strengthening of legal frameworks to fight terrorism.

Following the conclusion of the ceremony a reception was held at the Embassy for officials of the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration & Foreign Affairs and the Embassy staff.

Saroja Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as Director General Economic Affairs, Director General Public Diplomacy and the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Vienna.

In her diplomatic career, she served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai from 2014-2018 and held positions at Sri Lanka’s Missions in Geneva, Brussels and Paris

Her appointments in Colombo include a secondment at the Ministry of Economic Development as Director General/External Relations as well as in Economic Affairs, South Asia and Consular Divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Saroja Sirisena is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École Nationale d'Administration in France. She is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Austria
Vienna, Austria
11 July 2019

AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE OF SRI LANKA TO AUSTRIA SAROJA SIRISENA ASSUMES DUTIES

The Ambassador-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Austria assumed duties at the Mission on 01 July 2019.

The Ambassador-designate assumed duties by lighting the traditional oil lamp. Religious observance and chanting of pirith was conducted by Venerable Seelawansa Thero of the Austrian Dhamma-Zentrum Nyanaponika.

Addressing the Staff, Ambassador-designate Saroja Sirisena emphasized the need to raise the profile of Sri Lanka in Austria towards increasing political and economic relations. She highlighted the need to engage actively to rebuild the tourism industry of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Austrian outbound travel industry.

Ambassador-designate Saroja Sirisena joined Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and served as Director General Economic Affairs, Director General Public Communication and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately prior to her appointment in Vienna.

From July 2014 to March 2018, Ambassador- designate Saroja Sirisena served as the Sri Lanka Consul General in Mumbai.

Her appointments in Colombo also include a secondment at the Ministry of Economic Development as Director General /External Resources as well as several key appointments in the Foreign Ministry including Director Consular Affairs, Director South Asia & SAARC, Deputy Director/Economic Affairs, Assistant Director /Economic Affairs.

In her Diplomatic career, Ambassador- designate Saroja Sirisena held diplomatic positions in several Sri Lanka Missions abroad. She served in the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva as Minister, and in the Sri Lanka Embassy to Belgium, Luxemburg & European Union as Minister-Counsellor. She was the Acting Secretary General at Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO and served as First Secretary in the Sri Lanka Permanent Delegation to UNESCO.

Ambassador-designate Saroja Sirisena holds a Bachelor of Arts in political Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia and has completed post graduate studies at the École nationale d'administration in France. She is a pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.

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