New Foreign Secy assumes duties

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New Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aruni Wijewardane assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry yesterday (23). She was appointed as the Foreign Secretary with effect from 20 May.

After a ceremony following the assumption of duties, Foreign Secretary Wijewardane addressed the staff officers of the Ministry.

Foreign Secretary Wijewardane counts 34 years in the Foreign Service and has held many positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, at Sri Lankan Missions overseas, and in international organisations. Her service overseas includes the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia, and the Sri Lankan Embassy in the Philippines. She also served as the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Austria and the Permanent Representative to UN Organisations in Vienna.

On secondment from the Foreign Ministry, Wijewardane also served as the Director of the Secretariat of the policy-making organs of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Wijewardane has an MPhil Degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she was a British Chevening Scholar, a Master’s Degree from the University of Colombo, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Australia.