Monday, December 8, 2008

Foreign Minister opens new public relations bureau

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said it has taken steps to open a public relations bureau with the objective to meet the wider expectations of the public. It will function under the direct supervision of Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in order to ensure that the benefits could flow to the masses in a more secured and structured manner, the Ministry added. Foreign Ministry in a media communiquĆ© said Sri Lankan expatriates can meet Ambassadors or other embassy staff without prior appointments on public days, held weekly at the Sri Lanka missions abroad, once the Bureau is opened tomorrow. “Certain missions are kept open to provide half day services on alternate Saturdays and on Friday, which is observed as a public holiday in the Middle East, for the convenience of Sri Lankans working in those countries,” it stated. The Ministry is of the view that this move would also ensure a greater degree of follow up on the issues that may arise to the public. “Minster Bogollagama plans to hold weekly public days at this office, which will provide a rare opportunity not only for those who have faced difficulties in obtaining consular assistance, but also for other interested parties to get their problems sorted out with the intervention of the Minister,” the statement said.

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