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Shavendra Silva promoted to the rank of General

Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has been promoted to the rank of General by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Army said today.

General Silva is also the Chief of Defence Staff and the Head of the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID -19 Outbreak.

He was appointed as the 23rd Army Commander with effect from 18 August 2019 by former President Maithripala Sirisena.

In 2010, he was assigned as the Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, in New York.

According to the Army, General Silva is the one and only serving military officer in Sri Lanka’s history to be promoted to an ‘Ambassadorial’ rank by the Foreign Service in Sri Lanka.