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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Romesh Jayasinghe - the new Secretary to the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry

Colombo, 20 August, ( Highly placed sources revealed that C.Romesh Jayasinghe is tipped to be the next Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Romesh Jayasinghe is the senior most career diplomat is all set to succeed the outgoing Dr. Palitha Kohona. He is the most senior career diplomat and from the 1981 Foreign Service batch.

The other 1981 Foreign Service batch diplomats according to seniority are Tissa Wijayaratne, Deputy Ambassador in Washington, Chithrangee Wageeswara – Additional Secretary, Pamela J. Deen – Additional Secretary, Prasad Kariyawasam – Additional Secretary and Ranjit Jayasooriya – Ambassador in Sweden.

Romesh Jayasinghe, born in 1955, had his early education at St. Joseph College, Mount Lavania and graduated from the University of Kelaniya with English Special.

He is the son of W.T. Jayasinghe, a distinguished diplomat who was the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1972 to 1989. He had a distinguished diplomatic career and was also involved in the successful negotiation of Katchativu and the maritime boundary agreement with India in 1974 and 1976.

Romesh Jayasinghe is a highly talented, and a suave diplomat still holds fort in India and his contribution during the country’s successful fight against terrorism was exemplary. He is in New Delhi for the last 4 years.

As a diplomat, he has been posted to Bonn, Geneva, Bangladesh and for three years he was the Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi, when Mangala Moonasinghe was the country’s High Commissioner. He became the Ambassador of Belgium and was also accredited to the European Union followed by his posting as High Commissioner to New Delhi.

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