The Ambassador of Sri Lanka Tilak Ranaviraja met French President François Hollande this week to present his credentials and briefed him on the policies of the new Government.The meeting and ceremonial event was held at the Elysée Presidential Palace in Paris. Ambassador Ranaviraja extended the warmest felicitations of President Maithripala Sirisena to his counterpart. During a brief audience that followed after the presentation of credentials and the official photograph being taken, the President and the Ambassador discussed the deep rooted bilateral relationship, their commitment to develop this further, and the importance of friendship between the two countries. Ambassador briefed President Hollande of the policies of the new Government.At the conclusion of the main ceremony, the Protocol Department of the French Foreign Ministry escorted the Ambassador to the Embassy, where they also attended a reception organized to welcome the new Ambassador. (Colombo Gazette) The presentation ceremony was attended by senior French government officials from the Elysée Palace and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the senior Embassy officials.