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DPRK Ambassador Presents Credentials in Sri Lanka

DPRK Ambassador Rim Hoe Song (L, highlighted) presents his credentials to the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, on 26 June 2012 (Photo: Sudath Silva/Daily News)

DPRK state media reported on 1 July (Sunday) that DPRK Ambassador Rim Hoe Song presented his credentials to the President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, on 26 June.  According KCNA President Rajapaksa “was pleased with with the favorably developing relations between Sri Lanka and the DPRK, stressing the need to continue boosting these relations in the future.”  Rim Hoe Song also serves as the DPRK Ambassador to India.  At the presentation ceremony, Rim was the first of four diplomatic officials presenting their letters of credence.  Sri Lanka’s ITN reports:

Three new Ambassadors and a High Commissioner handed in credentials to President Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today.

The new diplomats were driven ceremonially in the traditional manner in horse carriages to the Presidential Secretariat to present their credentials to the President.
The first diplomat to present his credentials was Rim Hoe Song – Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

He was followed by Ibrahim Asad Oglu Hajiyev – Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Wu Jianghao the new Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China then handed in his credentials.

Waven Winslow William presented his credentials as High Commissioner for the Republic of Seychelles.

The new diplomats joined in a discussion with the President on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and bilateral relations.

Present on this occasion were Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunge

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