Those who presented credentials were new US Ambassador Athul Keshap, Italian Ambassador Paolo Andrea Bartorelli and the Netherlands Ambassador Joanne Doornewaard.
President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys, expressed confidence that they would strive to further strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in many areas including trade and investment.
The President also recalled the close economic cooperation between Sri Lanka and the three countries represented by the new Ambassadors. He thanked them for the continuous assistance provided for Sri Lanka’s economic development by the United States, Italy and the Netherlands. He also expressed gratitude for the support given by those countries in international forums.
The three ambassadors congratulated President Sirisena for holding a democratic, free and fair general election earlier this week. Italian Ambassador Bartorelli said his country could learn from the Sri Lankan democratic election process. “I was amazed at the way Sri Lankan people were genuinely committed to the democratic election process,” he said.
American Ambassador Keshap conveyed best wishes from President Obama and Secretary of State, John Kerry to President Sirisena and assured the fullest US support to Sri Lanka’s economic development and reconciliation. He said that his country wishes to take bilateral relations with Sri Lanka to a new height. He said that his government was awaiting President Sirisena’s forthcoming visit to New York to attend the United Nations General assembly in September.
The Netherlands Ambassador Ms Doornewaard assured the President that her country was ready to assist Sri Lanka’s development activities and offered support for implementation of President Sirisena’s economic and development policies.