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Old 07-09-20, 08:29 PM
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Former Foreign Secretary appointed as the Chinese Ambassador
Monday, September 7, 2020 - 10:05

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Former Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona was appointed as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.

He was formally nominated to the post by the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said the Foreign Ministry.
http://www.dailynews.lk/2020/09/07/l...ese-ambassador


Career diplomat and Former Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona has been nominated as Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to China pending Parliamentary High Post Committee clearance.

Speaking to the Daily News, Dr. Kohona regarded China as a long standing friend that has helped Sri Lanka in the darkest of times, particularly during the conflict against the LTTE. “Sri Lanka will work with China to improve bilateral economic relations,” he said. “We will strive to encourage Chinese Corporate investments in Sri Lanka, encourage tourism and enhance bilateral and educational relations.”

Dr. Kohona added that a significant link was being developed between the two countries especially with regard to Buddhism. “It will be to the benefit of both countries to enhance these links.” He said adding that China has very successfully confronted the challenges of COVID-19 and has also extended assistance to other countries in dealing with the pandemic. “Sri Lanka was one of the early beneficiaries of Chinese experience, expertise and generosity.”


Dr. Kohona is a veteran diplomat who has served as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations after serving as Foreign Secretary. He was also the Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordination the Peace Process. He is also a contributor to several prestigious publications.
http://www.dailynews.lk/2020/09/08/l...bassador-china

Dr. Palitha Kohona to be appointed Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China
September 7, 2020 09:49 am



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Former Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona is to be appointed as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China, the Foreign Ministry said.

Dr. Kohona, the former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, was formally nominated to the post by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Foreign Ministry has referred the nomination to the High Posts Committee of parliament for its clearance.

Dr. Kohona has a distinguished record in academics, international law and practical diplomacy. He has advanced degrees from three countries and experience as a civil servant with the Australian and Sri Lankan governments and the UN.

Dr. Kohona was Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2009. He then went to the UN to be the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York till 2015.

In 2013, he was elected Chair of the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee (Legal). He was Co-Chair of the UN Working Group on Biological Diversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, and Chair of the UN Committee on Israeli Practices in the Occupied Arab Territories.
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/67038/d...sador-to-china
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Old 08-09-20, 11:32 PM
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From: Howzat.dhushan <Howzat.dhushan@t-online.de>
Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2020 at 8:46 PM
Subject: AW: Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona was appointed as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.
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Congrats and all the best, Palitha.
Dhushan (Chico)

From: Prabodha Kariyawasam <pldkari@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, Sep 7, 2020 at 11:03 PM
Subject: Fwd: Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona was appointed as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.
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Many congratulations Palitha.Wish you good luck & may you continue to keep the College flag flying high.
Sincerely,
Kari
P.S.My cousin Shaani Kalyaneratne was in Beijing till about the middle of last year & is now in Beirut.

From: dk <dkweerasinghe@att.net>

Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 2:56 AM
Subject: RE: Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona was appointed as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.
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Congratulations Palitha, well deserved.Be Safe and Take Care
dk

From: Lecamwasam, Deepal (Health) <Deepal.Lecamwasam@sa.gov.au>

Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 9:40 AM
Subject: RE: Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona was appointed as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.
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Dear Palitha,
Please accept my heartiest congratulations.I'm sure that Sri Lankan interests will be very capably served by you in Beijing,making all Thomians feel proud.Having met you at the last 2 Royal Thomian matches, I hope you will book your leave well ahead !
Best wishes,
Deepal Lecamwasam

From: Milindha Morahela <morahelaanura@yahoo.com>

Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: Dr. Palitha T. B. Kohona was appointed as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to China.
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Ayubowan Palitha,
Congratulations and Jayawewa
Sincerely
Milindha Morahela
San Francisco
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From: Mevan Pieris <mevanpieris@gmail.com>

Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 5:29 PM
Subject: Ambassador to China
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Dear Palitha,
I am very happy that people of your calibre are being posted as ambassadors. Let me wish you a pleasant stay in China and that you would be able to execute your duties for the good of our country which is in severe trouble right now.
Warm Regards and Best Wishes
Mevan

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