India delays visa for SL’s envoy


Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Deputy High Commissioner to India has not been able to assume duties in the south Indian Tamil Nadu state capital of Chennai for the past three months. �The new Deputy High Commissioner A. Sabrullah Khan’s application for a diplomatic visa to take over duties at the mission was made in December last year.

The reason – the Government of India is yet to grant concurrence for the new Sri Lankan envoy’s appointment. �Indian High Commission spokesperson Birendar Singh Yadav declined comment saying only that “approval has to come from New Delhi.” He said he could not say anything more.

However, the SL External Affairs Ministry sources in Colombo yesterday said this was the first time their counterparts in New Delhi were taking “a long time” to process a nomination. “Surprisingly we have not been told yes or no. Never before has there been such a delay,” one official said.