This is the first time Sri Lanka is going to appoint an envoy of Cabinet rank. Once such status is afforded, Mr. Moragoda will be able to interact with the leaders of both the countries directly without the procedure of going through the respective foreign ministries.
He served as an MP between 2001 and 2010. Afterwards, he also served as the Minister of Tourism between 2007 and 2009, and Minister for Economic Reform, Science and Technology and Deputy Minister for Plan Implementation and Development (2002–2004). He also served as the Minister of Justice and Law Reform (2009-2010).
Although President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had invited him to accept the post several times, it is reported that it was vacant for over 8 months as Moragoda did not agree to it.
The post of Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, which was started with the appointment of Sir D. B Jayatilaka, is considered to be one of the most senior diplomatic posts in the country.
In addition to Milinda Moragoda, the government has decided to appoint Dr. V. K Valsan as the Deputy High Commissioner to Chennai.
Valsan has previously served as Ambassador to Sweden and Deputy High Commissioner to Chennai.