Foreign Service officers query rash of political appointments

Officials of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service Association (SLFSA) are still pressing for a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss their concerns relating to political appointees to Sri Lankan missions overseas.

SLFSA officers were to meet with the President early last month, but the meeting did not take place. SLFSA members remained tight-lipped when asked why the scheduled meeting had been cancelled.
In an exclusive report published last month, The Sunday Times highlighted SLFSA concerns about the growing number of political appointments which, they said, were being made at the expense of career diplomats.

The report mentioned that SLFSA officers would be meeting the President in December. The association has since been informed that the meeting has been re-scheduled for early January.

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