The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Federative Republic of Brazil Sumith Dassanayake presented Letters of Credence to President Jair Bolsonaro at the Palácio Do Planalto (Planalto Palace) in Brasilia on Friday 8 October 2021.
Ambassador Dassanayake conveyed warm greetings and best wishes from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government of Sri Lanka to President Bolsonaro, which were warmly reciprocated. President Bolsonaro extended his good wishes for the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to a successful tenure in Brazil.
The discussion centered on deepening and intensifying relations between Sri Lanka and Brazil. The Ambassador also highlighted on further expansion of trade, tourism and investment relations between the two countries. He further underscored the opportunities available in Sri Lanka for foreign investment.
The Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto França, Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Fernando Simas Magalhães and other senior officials of the President’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present at the discussion.
Ambassador Dassanayake is concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay as well.
Ambassador Dassanayake is a career diplomat joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998, and he is a holder of Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Ambassador Dassanayake served as the first Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union Commission.
He has also held other diplomatic assignments in Sri Lanka Missions in Canada, Norway and India. Immediately prior to his present assignment in Brazil, he served as the Director-General of Human Resources and Mission Management at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
12 October 2021