Feb 23, 2018

No diplomacy training for minister counselors (defence)! Featured

The unacceptable conduct of Brig. Priyanka Fernando, minister counselor (defence) at the Sri Lankan high commission in London, is blamed on the appointment of persons without any training on diplomacy, ‘Ravaya’ quotes foreign ministry sources as saying.

All other officers, excepting military officers, are given a ministry training before being given postings.

The appointment on military officers is done directly by the defence ministry.

Brig. Fernando, recalled home yesterday (22), became a controversial figure after social media circulated a video of him showing an alleged throat-slitting gesture at Tamil protestors in front of the Sri Lankan high commission in London on Independence Day.

He was immediately suspended from service, but was reinstated by the president.