The outgoing High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka, Michael Appleton, on Wednesday morning (27 Dec.), met with Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan.
Taking to ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Appleton revealed that several matters of concern were discussed at the meeting, including political developments in the North and East.
Meanwhile, the duo also discussed the approaches adopted by both New Zealand and Sri Lanka toward social cohesion and constitutional arrangements, and the scope for enhanced cooperation between the two countries.
Appleton’s visit comes amidst a series of such meetings with several parties including other Ministers and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), two weeks ahead of the conclusion of his posting in Sri Lanka.
Appleton is scheduled to conclude his tenure as the High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka in the first week of January. Following this, he and his family will return to New Zealand, where he is expected to assume the position of Senior Foreign Affairs Adviser to New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters.