The United States hosts annually heads of delegations taking part in the UN General Assembly in New York. This year was no exception. President Barack Obama and wife Michele were on hand to pose for photographs with any head of delegation who attended.

The Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris joined the line and was soon photographed. It appeared on the website of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC only to be pulled out within hours. Now the Embassy’s newsletter, produced at great cost with help from Washington based public relations experts, makes no mention of that great photo opportunity.

Yet the Ministry of External Affairs made good of it by handing out the picture to the local media. (ST)

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