Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe presented Letters of Credence to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai at the Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace.

The Credential Ceremony was held at the Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace which included a Guard of Honour by the Presidential Guard. The Guard of Honour was followed by the presentation of credentials and a courtesy call on His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Reembint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, His Excellency Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State and His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, also attended the Credential ceremony.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe conveyed greetings from His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the People of Sri Lanka to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin ZayedAl Nahyan, President of UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai and the People of the United Arab Emirates.

During the courtesy call the Ambassador mentioned that Sri Lanka – United Arab Emirates friendly relations have grown exponentially covering a multitude of areas with mutual benefits. It was also stated that Sri Lanka hopes to further strengthen bilateral relations in view of the milestone of 40 years of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries.  Ambassador of Sri Lanka also spoke on behalf of fellow Ambassadors stating that they hope to work closely promoting the special relations and expanding into new vistas of cooperation in the years ahead. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Charitha Yattogoda, Consul General in Dubai and Mr. M. I. M. Rizvi, Head of Chancery.

Following the credential ceremony a reception was held at the “Sri Lanka House” the Official Residence of the Ambassador for Officials of the UAE Government, Sri Lankan Community and the Embassy Staff and Families.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and was Deputy High Commissioner in Malaysia prior to the appointment in the United Arab Emirates. The diplomatic career entailed serving as Consul General in Shanghai, PRC and also in the Sri Lanka Embassy in the People’s Republic of China.

Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe is a graduate of the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) and a past pupil of St. Joseph’s College and Royal College, Colombo.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

United Arab Emirates

12 November 2019