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Prasad Kariyawasam appointed as new Foreign Secretary

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the USA, Prasad Kariyawasam, has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He will take over from Mr. Esala Weerakoon, who has been appointed as Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism Development.

Kariyawasam, a longtime member of his country’s Foreign Service, took over as Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United States on June 23, 2014.

He is also the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to Trinidad & Tobago and Ambassador (designate) to Mexico.

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).

In his assignment as the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India in Delhi he was concurrently accredited as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to Bhutan and Afghanistan.

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