Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Iran Vipulatheja Wishwanath Aponsu presented the Letters of Credence to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi at the Sadabad Complex, Office of the President, in Tehran on 26 September 2021. The formal presentation ceremony was followed by a meeting between the Ambassador and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
President Ebrahim Raisi welcoming Ambassador Wishwanath Aponsu, appreciated the longstanding and historical ties with Sri Lanka, and stated that Iran was ready to activate all capacities for development of relations between the two countries. While appreciating a close cooperation and mutual support at multilateral fora, he underscored the importance of Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) between Sri Lanka and Iran for promoting bilateral relations.
Ambassador Wishwanath Aponsu conveying greetings and sincere best wishes from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the people of Sri Lanka to President Ebrahim Raisi, re-affirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to further elevate the existing bilateral engagement with Iran into a multifaceted and results-oriented partnership. He further placed particular emphasis on the trade in agriculture products, energy, culture and tourism, as areas that could be explored and enhanced for developing the level of bilateral relations.
The President also stated that there are potential for the development of trade relations and transfer of experience, especially in the technical and engineering fields between the two countries. In response, the Ambassador expressed that all proposals and outstanding matters could be concerned at the next JCEC meeting between the two countries. Referring the long standing relations between Sri Lanka and Iran, he extended his best wishes for the peace and prosperity of the people of Iran.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri, Deputy for Ceremonies and Protocol Majid Noei, Deputy for Political Affairs M. Jamshidi and Deputy for Communication and Information A. Honarmand of the President Office also attended the Meeting.
Prior to the current assignment, Ambassador Wishwanath Aponsu served as first Director General of Overseas Sri Lankan Division and Director General of Consular Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Sri Lanka. He is a career diplomat (Sri Lanka Foreign Service-Grade I) with 19 years of service, having served as High Commissioner (Actg.) at the Sri Lanka’s Mission in Singapore and held positions at the Missions in India, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.
Ambassador Wishwanath Aponsu holds a first degree in Commerce in University of Colombo, Masters in Political Science in Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka and Masters in International Relations in Annamalai University, India. He is also a Psychology post graduate diploma holder- Counseling and Guidance in Annamalai University. Ambassador Wishwanath Aponsu was a former Director of the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE), a former vice President of Methsaviya Organization and a past pupil of Prince of Wales’ College in Moratuwa.
Sri Lanka Embassy
30 September, 2021