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Mr_Ravinatha_Aryasinha - Secretary - MFR

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

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

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 to 1988. On leave from the Foreign Service, from 1993 to 1995 he served as National Information Officer in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka. 

Foreign Secretary Aryasinha is a past student of Ananda College, Colombo. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics 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.

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