Dr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran who assumed duties on 12th April 2021 chaired his first staff meeting at 9.00 a.m. as the Deputy High Commissioner of the Mission.
I warmly welcome all members of the staff of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. I thank H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister, Hon. Foreign Minister and the Foreign Secretary for with much confidence on me, appointing me for this important post. Sri Lanka and South India are much connected through political, cultural, religious and economic links. Therefore, the role of the Deputy High Commissioner in Southern India is vital in strengthening Sri Lanka – India bilateral ties.
The Government of Sri Lanka has embarked on a mission in enhancing diplomatic ties between nations and expects actions from this Mission related to the following 5 areas:
- Political Diplomacy
- Economical Diplomacy
- Consular Services
- Cultural and Religious Relations
- Science and Technology
Before my arrival in Chennai, I discussed prospective matters with senior politicians and government officials regarding bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Southern India. We have to work as a team with commitment to achieve our goals. Therefore, I require all your support for the smooth functioning of the Mission.
We need to progress day by day and that is what the Government expects from us. It is important that I report on quarterly basis to the political hierarchy in Colombo regarding our progress.
I met Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thero and discussed regarding reopening of the Maha Bodhi Center in Chennai which is currently closed due to the pandemic to provide facilities to travelling pilgrims.
I commend the excellent performance of Mr. Kiritharan when he guided the Mission so well during tough times as the Head of Mission.
Therefore, lets work in unison as a team to perform the best for the betterment of our country and our people.