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    Annual Diplomatic Training Programme begins

    September 20, 2017

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs commenced the Annual Diplomatic Training Programme, on 17th September at Hotel Galadari.

    Young diplomats from 23 countries have congregated in Sri Lanka, recording the highest ever participation, for this two-week long Training Programme, conducted by the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI).  

    Addressing the participants at the inaugural session, Acting Foreign Secretary M. M. Jaffeer stated that Sri Lanka is well poised, with great historical traditions and experience, to be a knowledge center for international relations, and the BIDTI, with the able leadership of former Ambassador Pamela Deen will steer this Annual Programme to concur the regions and beyond. He wished that the bonds of friendship created through this Programme, with the young and aspiring diplomats from the countries in Asia and Africa will strengthen Sri Lanka’s relations with these countries, in the future.

    Secretary General of Colombo Plan Kinley Dorji, addressing the gathering, thanked Sri Lanka for committedly executing the pledge made at the 44th Consultative Committee Meeting of Colombo Plan in Kathmandu in 2014, in imparting technical assistance as a means of human resource development to member countries of the Colombo Plan.

    The Training Programme has been designed, in keeping with the changing dynamics of international relations and the global and regional issues, with the participation of top experts.

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