Parliamentary High Posts Committee approves nominations of 14 career diplomats

Mar 30, 2019 (LBO) – Parliamentary High Posts Committee has approved the appointments of fourteen career diplomats nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena as Heads of Sri Lanka Missions overseas.

With these appointments, the percentage of career diplomats heading Sri Lanka Missions overseas has increased from 36.57 percent to 46 percent. Sri Lanka maintains 52 Embassies/High Commissions overseas.

Accordingly, the fourteen senior officers, belonging to the Grade I of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS) who are to be appointed as Heads of Mission are as follows:

K.D. Senewiratne, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York

Rodney M. Perera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States of America

Grace Asirwatham, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Belgium and the European Union

A.S. Nakandala, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Y.K. Gunasekara, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Indonesia

J.A.S.K. Jayasuriya, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand

Pradeepa Saram, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Bahrain

Shobini Gunasekera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines

Saroja Sirisena, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Austria and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

O.L. Ameerajwad, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Oman

M.J.P. Jayesinghe, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates

Waruna Wilpatha, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Israel

Sashikala Premawardhane, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore

Rizvi Hassen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Turkey