AsiaNews welcome the new Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama.
AsiaNews l October 29, 2018 l Colombo l by Claude Gunasekera l Dr.Sarath Amunugama, social anthropologist, historian and administrator, has been appointed Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister in the new government formed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, following the ouster of Ranil Wckremesinghe from the Premiership last Friday. President Maithripala Sirisena, by convention, continues to be Defense Minister. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa takes the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.
Newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama assumed duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
Sarath Leelananda Bandara Amunugama (සරත් ලීලානන්ද බණඩාර අමුනුගම), MP, SLAS (born July 10, 1939) is a Sri Lankan politician and civil servant. He was the Cabinet Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs and Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning until April 2010. He is a Member of Parliament from the Kandy District for the United People’s Freedom Alliance in the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
He studied at the Trinity College, Kandy and graduated from the University of Ceylon. He obtained his Maters Degree from USA. He joined the Ceylon Civil Service (CCS) in its last intake of cadets in 1962. Following the disestablishment of the CCS he was transferred to its successor the Ceylon Administrative Service which was later renamed as the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS). During his career in the SLAS he served as Government Agent of the Kandy District, Director of Information, Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and later Chairman, The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Before entering active politics he worked as an International Civil Servant for UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The Minister was received by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam and senior officials upon his arrival at the ministry.