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The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand


The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand

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The new Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Mrs. Samantha K. Jayasuriya still eagerly awaits to receive her credentials from the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua. But as Sri Lanka celebrates its Independence Day on Tuesday, February 4th 2020 we managed to convince her to sit and talk to us where she told us of the great honour that had been bestowed upon her to represent Sri Lanka in the dream destination for any Ambassador, the Kingdom of Thailand.

Did you arrive to Thailand from home, or were you posted somewhere else before?
Coming to Thailand directly from Geneva, Switzerland as a result of the promotion to Ambassador position.

Where are you born and brought up?
I was born in a suburban area 22km away from Colombo city. It was very much a village atmosphere in Kottawa when I was a child – today it is a transport hub, much changed in all aspects and simplicity.

At which age did you decide you wanted to become a diplomat?
I had no plans to be a diplomat. It was the wish of my parents to see I become a Doctor of Medicine and I did study bio science. The patients were lucky! I did not reach there, but ended up as a graduate in Agriculture Economics, from the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. When I was an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty together with a few friends we applied for the open competitive exam for the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS) – it was on the last day of closing applications we did so. I passed the examination and a subsequent interview and was approved for initial training at the diplomatic academy in Sri Lanka. There is no one in my family or extended family who are diplomats.

How do you look at Thailand today? Have you had any obstacles since you arrived?
It is now four months since I arrived in Thailand and I am still in the process of settling in. This is my first time to visit Thailand. I look at the country as a land filled with positive lessons to learn and explore.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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