Press release

Sri Lankan High Commissioner pays farewell visit to Vice President Vincent Meriton

January 8, 2020

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Seychelles, H.E. Dr. Tikiri Herath Gunathilake paid a farewell visit to Vice President Vincent Meriton and the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and the Blue Economy, Ambassador Barry Faure at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Vice President Meriton welcomed Dr. Gunathilake at the Department and at the same time expressed his regret to this courtesy call being the last in Dr. Gunathilake’s capacity as High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Seychelles.

During his four-year long tenure, Seychelles and Sri Lanka have enjoyed strong bilateral ties and Vice President Meriton expressed his deepest appreciation and gratitude for the persistent support and assistance readily provided by Sri Lanka. In 2019, Seychelles was gifted two NOS wave rider inshore patrol crafts by the Sri Lankan government to assist the Seychelles Coast Guard with maritime security matters.

To mark the strong relationship between the two countries, official visits were carried out during Dr. Gunathilake’s tenure. In 2017, President Danny Faure undertook a working visit in Sri Lanka when he extended an invitation to his Sri Lankan counterpart to visit Seychelles. This was followed by a State Visit in October 2018 (in Seychelles), of H.E Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the former President of Sri Lanka. He was accompanied by a high level delegation including Honourable Mr Tilak Marapana, the Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“We wish you great success in your next journey and we hope to welcome you back to our shores in the near future,” stated Vice-President Meriton.

High Commissioner Gunathilake presented his credentials on 6th October 2015. A new High Commissioner is yet to be nominated.

Seychelles and Sri Lanka started diplomatic relations in 1988.