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Hon. Tilak Marapana assumes duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:12

Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Friday 18 August 2017. 

Minister Marapana was received by the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam and senior staff upon arrival at the Ministry. Following the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and holding of religious observances, the Minister officially assumed duties at the Ministry.

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana addessed the media following his assumption of duties.


Ministry of Foreign AffairsColombo
19 August 2017

Bio data of Hon. Foreign Minister

 
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Biodata of Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam

Secretary, 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 Delhi and concurrently accredited as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to Bhutan and Afghanistan. 

From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India, holding the rank of an Ambassador. In Geneva, from 2001 to 2004, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, while also holding the positions of Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland, Personal Representative of the Head of State of Sri Lanka to the G-15 and concurrently accredited Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Holy See in the Vatican. In recognition as the envoy of Sri Lanka to Vatican, His Holiness Pope John Paul II bestowed the insignia of the “Grand-Cross of the order of Saint Gregory the Great” to Ambassador Kariyawasam. In New York, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, and was concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Jamaica and The Bahamas, as well as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Chile and Colombia.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he had assignments in the Divisions of United Nations and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Political Affairs, Administration, Economic Affairs, and as the Special Assistant to the Foreign Secretary. He also held the post of Director of the South Asia Division, and was the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the capacity of Director of Publicity. Prior to his assignment to New York as Ambassador, he held the position of Director General of the Economic Affairs Division and served as an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to his posting in New Delhi he was also an Additional Secretary in the Ministry in charge of Multilateral Affairs, South Asia and Administration.

Mr. Kariyawasam was the Alternate Representative of Sri Lanka at the 53rd, 54th and 55th Sessions of the United Nations (UN) Commission for Human Rights (CHR) held in Geneva, and led the observer delegation of Sri Lanka to the 57th and 58th Sessions of CHR and a Member of the delegation of Sri Lanka to the 59th Session of the CHR. At the 59th Session of the CHR in Geneva, Mr. Kariyawasam was elected as a Vice-Chairperson, and served in the Expanded Bureau of the 59th CHR. At the World Conference against Racism held in Durban in 2001, he was elected as the Vice-Chair of the main Committee. 

In 2003, he was elected to the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. At the first inaugural session of the Committee, he was selected as its Chairperson, the post of which he held until 2008. He has been re-elected thrice to this Committee and will now serve until 2021. Mr. Kariyawasam was also elected as the Chair of the 2004 sessions of the Chairpersons of Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Inter-Committee Meetings. He also served as the Chairperson of the United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israel Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestine People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories from 2005 to 2008.

He was a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Small Arms, which produced a report on the subject to the UN General Assembly in 1997. He also served in the UN Group of Governmental Experts on the Relationship between Disarmament and Development, which reported to the 2004 UNGA. In July 2006, he presided over the UN Conference to Review Progress in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects held in New York. He served in the Advisory Board of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in 2008/2009. He was a Vice-Chairperson of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations for the year 2006, and was elected as a Vice President of the 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations for the years 2007/2008. Mr. Kariyawasam was elected as the President of the Council of the International Organization for Migration for the years 2001-2002 at its 50th anniversary session. In the year 2002, he participated at the annual session of the World Economic Forum held in Davos. He served as the Chair of the Assembly of the Global Development Network (GDN) based in New Delhi from 2012 – 2013.

Mr. Kariyawasam was born on 21st March 1954. He is married and has a daughter and a son.

 
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Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s first visit to India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
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Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake undertook an official visit to New Delhi India from 6th – 7th June 2017. During this visit he met the Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He also had separate meetings with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

The first item on the agenda was the courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. Prime Minister Modi stated that he was pleased to welcome the new Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka who is on his first visit outside the country. Prime Minister Modi said that as Minister Karunanayake held the Finance portfolio, there is no doubt that now as the Minister of Foreign Affairs he would give the necessary leadership and continue to work closely with India for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Foreign Minister Karunanayake conveyed the greetings of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Prime Minister Modi. He thanked Prime Minister Modi and the Indian Government for the prompt relief assistance provided to Sri Lanka following the recent floods and landslides in the country. While expressing India’s solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka affected by this natural disaster, Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation to Minister Karunanayake for being present at the Colombo Port to receive the donations. Referring to his recent visit to attend the International Vesak Celebration in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Modi said that it was a memorable visit due to the spiritual element that is associated with Vesak. Prime Minister Modi further said that India will stand by Sri Lanka’s forward march towards progress and prosperity. In response Minister Karunanayake said that the frequent visits at the highest level have brought about a close bond between the two countries. He also said that he would continue to work actively in taking the bilateral relations to greater heights. Referring to the initiatives taken especially on economic cooperation projects, the Minister said that he would ensure greater focus on their implementation aspect. The discussion also covered avenues for collaboration in other areas of common interest. It was agreed that as neighbours, and more importantly as friends, India and Sri Lanka will continue to remain engaged and work together for the benefit of the two countries and the region. 

At the meeting between Minister Karunanayake and the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, held at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Bhawan of the Ministry of External Affairs, the two Ministers took note of the excellent bilateral relations and the progress made with regard to all areas of mutual interest. Minister Karunanayake conveyed the greetings of his predecessor Mangala Samaraweera to Minister Swaraj and said he would continue the excellent work carried out during the last two years. The meeting was followed by a dinner hosted in honour of Minister Karunanayake by Minister Swaraj.

At the end of the official programme Minister Karunananyake conducted a press briefing organised by the High Commission of Sri Lanka for a select group of New Delhi based journalists. Minister Karunanayake also made a brief visit to the Sri Lanka High Commission.

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India Chitranganee Wagiswara, Senior Director General of the South Asia and SAARC Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asoka Girihagama and the Media Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs W M S Kumara were associated with Minister Karunanayake at the meetings. 

High Commission of Sri Lanka,New Delhi

7 June 2017    

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