Sri Lankaâ€™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. ï¿½The new Deputy High Commissioner A. Sabrullah Khanâ€™s application for a diplomatic visa to take over duties at the mission was made in December last year.
The reason â€“ the Government of India is yet to grant concurrence for the new Sri Lankan envoyâ€™s appointment. ï¿½Indian High Commission spokesperson Birendar Singh Yadav declined comment saying only that â€œapproval has to come from New Delhi.â€ 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 â€œa long timeâ€ to process a nomination. â€œSurprisingly we have not been told yes or no. Never before has there been such a delay,â€ one official said.