There have been reports of the Malaysian High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah has been reassigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to the visit of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from 17 to 19 December 2017. He will depart for Maldives thereafter.

HE Wan Zaidi's movement has been planned for. He is due to take up an important assignment related to Malaysia's chairmanship of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), due to be held in April 2020. Given the scale of the CHOGM, which will involve 52 countries, early preparations are essential for it to be a success. HE Wan Zaidi performed the same functions during Malaysia's successful chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015. Allied to his own experience, is Sri Lanka, which hosted CHOGM in 2013.

An experienced officer from Wisma Putra has been assigned temporarily to Sri Lanka and Maldives, to ensure the success of the Prime Minister's visits to both countries. Malaysia enjoys warm and deep relations with Sri Lanka and Maldives, and the visits are expected to strengthen these ties.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia