The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe regime’s policy of helping friends and family appears to have spread to the Foreign Ministry with career diplomats being overlooked in favour of loyalists and their kin.
Colombo Telegraph emailed the Foreign Ministry requesting confirmation of the report regarding the appointment, but the Ministry has not responded yet.
When Colombo Telegraph contacted Swarna Gunaratne yesterday, she said she is waiting for the confirmation. “I haven’t got the appointment letter yet” she said.
It is confirmed that Guarante has never held a diplomatic post before or has any career training or experience in the diplomatic service.