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Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 31 October 2018.
Ambassador Aryasinha was Additional Secretary/ Economic Affairs and Trade in the Foreign Ministry since April 2018.
Having joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1988, he was Second Secretary in New Delhi (1989-1991) and Minister and later Deputy Chief of Mission with Ambassador Rank in Washington D.C. (2002-2006). He served as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and to the European Union from April 2008-June 2012, and as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland (July 2012-March 2018), while being concurrently Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Between 1995-2000 and in 2007-2008 he headed the Public Communications Division and was the Foreign Ministry Spokesman.

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    Ravinatha Aryasinha
  • Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 31 October 2018.

    Ambassador Aryasinha was Additional Secretary/ Economic Affairs and Trade in the Foreign Ministry since April 2018.

    Having joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1988, he was Second Secretary in New Delhi (1989-1991) and Minister and later Deputy Chief of Mission with Ambassador Rank in Washington D.C. (2002-2006). He served as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and to the European Union from April 2008-June 2012, and as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland (July 2012-March 2018), while being concurrently Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Between 1995-2000 and in 2007-2008 he headed the Public Communications Division and was the Foreign Ministry Spokesman.

    On leave from the Foreign Service, in 1993-1995 he served as National Information Officer in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, he was a pioneer in the setting up of Rupavahini, the National Television Network of Sri Lanka, where he served as a Senior Political Correspondent/ News Editor from 1982-1988.

    Foreign Secretary Aryasinha is a past student of Ananda College, Colombo. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Peradeniya and a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Colombo. He was a ‘Hurst Fellow’ in International Relations at the School of International Service (SIS), American University, Washington DC in 2001-2002.

    Designation Name of the Officer Office Number Fax Email
    Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Mr.Ravinatha Aryasinha +94112438263 +94112380282 sfa@mfa.gov.lk
    Deputy Director  Mr. Chathura Perera +94112324794 +94112380282 chatura.perera@mfa.gov.lk
    Personal Assistant to the Secretary  Mrs. C.N.Thenuwara +94112438263 +94112380282  sfa@mfa.gov.lk