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    Ambassador Kariyawasam assumes duties as Sri Lanka's Envoy in US Featured

    June 25, 2014

    US President Barack Obama is scheduled to receive Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam on July 14 at the Oval Office of the White House at a Ceremony accepting the Credentials of the new Sri Lankan envoy, the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US said.

     

    Kariyawasam assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri Lanka to United States at Washington on Monday (June 23). He replaced Jaliya Wickramasuriya as the Ambassador to Sri Lanka in the US.

     

    Born on 21st March 1954, Ambassador Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. During his long career he has held a number of of diplomatic assignments including the posts of High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva (2001 to 2004), Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland, Personal Representative of the Head of State of Sri Lanka to the G-15 and 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.

     

    He has also held a number of important positions at the ministry of external affairs including that of Additional Secretary in the Ministry in charge of Multilateral Affairs, South Asia and Administration. He 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.He was elected as a Vice-Chairperson and served in the Expanded Bureau of the 59th CHR.

     

    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.


    At the World Conference against Racism held in Durban in 2001, he was elected as the Vice-Chair of the main Committee.

     

    (KH/ST)

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