Foreign Service has 97 vacancies -GL

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris says there are 97 vacancies in the Sri Lanka Foreign Service. He says the SLFS comprised 237 persons and his ministry wants to recruit 97 more competent persons.

Addressing Parliament on Thursday, the External Affairs Minister said though the Department of Examinations had held an examination in February this year to fill vacancies, the results were yet to be released. Of the 20 appointments made in the recent past, 19 appointees were degree holders, he said.

He was responding to Chief Opposition Whip MP John Amaratunge’s accusation that the government was causing irreparable damage to the SLFS by making political appointments. (SI)

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