Sri Lanka en­voy re­called for not an­swer­ing phone

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Ht World - Agence France­Presse let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

Sri Lanka Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena re­called his top en­voy to Aus­tria and five other em­bassy staff for fail­ing to an­swer his long-dis­tance tele­phone calls, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

Am­bas­sador Priya­nee Wi­je­sek­era was given her march­ing or­ders af­ter calls made by Sirisena to the em­bassy in Vienna last week went “unan­swered for sev­eral hours,” an of­fi­cial source said. The source de­clined com­ment on why Sirisena needed to con­tact the em­bassy ur­gently or why he did not at­tempt to do so through the for­eign min­istry.

The for­eign min­istry con­firmed the re­call, but did not give a rea­son.

The Sri Lankan em­bassy in Aus­tria is also ac­cred­ited to UN agen­cies in Vienna as well as Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, the Czech repub­lic, Ser­bia, Slo­vakia and Slove­nia.

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