ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States Ravinatha Aryasinha assumed duties on Friday, December 4, from his official residence where he remains in quarantine, the Foreign Ministry announced today.
To comply with Covid 19 guidelines the formal credential ceremony was dispensed with and he will now function as the Appointed Ambassador and Head of Mission, pending the formal presentation of credentials to the President of the United States, the announcement said.
This is Aryasinha’s second assignment to Washington, serving in the US mission 2002 to 2006 as Deputy Chief of Mission with Ambassador Rank.
Aryasinha is currently the senior-most officer of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS), until recently he was the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
Previously, he headed the mission to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union (2008- 2012) and as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland (2012-2018), while being concurrently accredited as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Holy See.
He has also served as Second Secretary at the Sri Lanka High Commission in India.
Aryasinha began his professional career as a journalist at Lake House and then as a pioneer in the setting up of Rupavahini in 1982.
He was a Political Correspondent until he joined the Foreign Service in 1988. Between 1995-2000 and 2007-2008 he served as the Foreign Ministry Spokesman, and from April – October 2018 as Additional Secretary/ Economic Affairs and Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Aryasinha received his secondary education at Ananda College. 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. (Colombo December 7, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana