The ceremony commenced with the presentation of the Letters of Credence, followed by a Presidential Guard of Honour. The Ambassador was accompanied by Charitha Weerasinghe, Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Embassy.
Ambassador Majintha Jayesinghe conveyed greetings from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the people of Sri Lanka to Dr. Van der Bellen and the people of Austria. President Van der Bellen reciprocated greetings to the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and recalled his visit to Sri Lanka.
During the courtesy call the Ambassador mentioned that Sri Lanka-Austria special relations had grown exponentially covering a multitude of areas with mutual benefits. It was further stated that Sri Lanka hoped to further strengthen and expand the friendly relations into new vistas of cooperation in the years ahead.
Following the credential ceremony a reception was held at the Embassy for officials of the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, diplomatic corp, official from the diplomatic institutions, leading officials of think tanks, media, Sri Lankan community and the Embassy staff and families.
Ambassador Jayesinghe joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1998 and was Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates, prior to the appointment in Austria. The diplomatic career entailed serving as Consul General in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China and Deputy High Commissioner in Malaysia.
Ambassador Jayesinghe is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and a past pupil of St. Joseph’s College and Royal College, Colombo.