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Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assumed duties on 15 August 2017.
His last post before being appointed as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America (July 2014 to August 2017) with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to Trinidad & Tobago and Ambassador (designate) to Mexico. He was also the Permanent Observer of Sri Lanka to the Washington based Organization of American States (OAS).
Having joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981, he has held diplomatic assignments in Geneva (1983-1987), Riyadh (1989-1992), Washington (1995-1998), New Delhi (1998-2001), Geneva (2001-2004), New York (2005-2008) and New Delhi (2009 – 2014).
From 2009-2014, he was the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India in New Delhi and concurrently accredited as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to Bhutan and Afghanistan.

 

  • Brief Professional Details

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    • 1981-2001
      Joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service and served in Missions at Geneva, Riyadh and Washington as well as in Ministry in various capacities.
    • 1998-2001
      The Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India with the rank of Ambassador
    • 2001-2004
      The Ambassador and Permanent Representative for Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, Consul General to Switzerland and concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Holy See
      President of the Council of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) -2001-2002
      Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva – 2003
    • 2005-2008
      The Ambassador and Permanent Representative for Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, and concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to Jamaica and The Bahamas, as well as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to Chile and Colombia
      Vice-Chairperson of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations – 2006
      Vice President of the 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations (2007-2008)
    • 2009-2014
      High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India in New Delhi, and concurrently accredited as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to Bhutan and Afghanistan
    • 2014-2017
      Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America with concurrent accreditation as High  Commissioner for Sri Lanka to the Trinidad & Tobago, and Ambassador (designate) to Mexico.
      Permanent Observer for Sri Lanka to the Washington based Organization of American States (OAS).
    • 2017
      Appointed as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs on 15 August 2017

    Secretary Prasad Kariyawsam assumes duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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    Following his appointment by President Maithripala Sirisena on 29 July, as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties yesterday morning, Tuesday 15 August 2017.

    Mr. Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America from July 2014 to August 2017. He has held diplomatic assignments in Geneva, Riyadh, Washington, New York and New Delhi, and has served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York and Geneva and High Commissioner to India. He has been previously concurrently accredited as Ambassador / High Commissioner to Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Holy See, Bhutan and Afghanistan.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Colombo
    16 August 2017

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