Ministry of External Affairs (Sri Lanka)

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Ministry of External Affairs
Agency overview
Formed 1948
Preceding agencies Ministry of External Affairs and Defence
(etc.)
Child agencies
(etc.)
Key document (etc.)
Website Official Website
Coat of arms of Sri Lanka, showing a lion holding a sword in its right forepaw surrounded by a ring made from blue lotus petals which is placed on top of a grain vase sprouting rice grains to encircle it. A Dharmacakra is on the top while a sun and moon are at the bottom on each side of the vase.
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The Ministry of External Affairs (also known as the External Ministry) is a ministry of the Government of Sri Lanka that conducts and manages Sri Lanka's relations with other countries. The ministry is housed at the Republic Building in Colombo fort.

History[edit]

The ministry was formally established in 1948 following the independence of Ceylon as the Ministry of External Affairs and Defence, coming under the direct control of the Prime Minister of Ceylon. In 1977, J.R Jayawardena's government adapted two separate ministries, forming the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of External Affairs. A.C.S Hameed was appointed as Cabinet Minister of External Affairs.

Current and past ministers[edit]

Parties

      Sri Lanka Freedom Party       United National Party

# Portrait Name Party Tenure Head(s) of Government Ministerial title
1 Don Stephen Senanayake Don Stephen Senanayake United National Party 24 September 1947 - 22 March 1952 Don Stephen Senanayake Minister of External Affairs and Defence
2 Dudley Senanayake Dudley Senanayake United National Party 22 March 1952 - 12 October 1953 Dudley Senanayake
3 John Kotelawala United National Party 12 October 1953 - 12 April 1956 John Kotelawala
4 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 12 April 1956 - 26 September 1959 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
5 Wijeyananda Dahanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 26 September 1959 - 20 March 1960 Wijeyananda Dahanayake
6 Dudley Senanayake Dudley Senanayake United National Party 21 March 1960 - 21 July 1960 Dudley Senanayake
7 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 21 July 1960 - 25 March 1965 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
8 Dudley Senanayake Dudley Senanayake United National Party 25 March 1965 - 29 May 1970 Dudley Senanayake
9 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 29 May 1970 - 23 July 1977 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
10 Junius Richard Jayewardene Junius Richard Jayewardene United National Party 23 July 1977 - 4 February 1978 Junius Richard Jayewardene
11 Abdul Cader Shahul Hameed United National Party 4 February 1978 - 1989 Minister of Foreign Affairs
12 Ranjan Wijeratne United National Party 1989 - 1991 Ranasinghe Premadasa
13 Harold Herath United National Party 1991 - 1993
14 Abdul Cader Shahul Hameed United National Party 1993 - 1994 Dingiri Banda Wijetunga
15 Lakshman Kadirgamar Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1994 - 2001 Chandrika Kumaratunga
16 Tyronne Fernando Tyronne Fernando United National Party 2001 - 2004
17 Lakshman Kadirgamar Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2004 - 2005
18 Anura Bandaranaike Anura Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2004 - 2005
19 Mangala Samaraweera Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2005 – 2007 Mahinda Rajapaksa
20 Rohitha Bogollagama Rohitha Bogollagama Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2007 - April 2010
21 Gamini Peiris Prof. G. L. Peiris Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 April 2010 – present Minister of External Affairs

Overseas missions[edit]

The ministry has 40 overseas missions including 13 High Commissions, 40 Embassies, 2 Permanent Representations to the United Nations, 14 consulates and a representative office. It provides consular assistance to Sri Lankans traveling, working and studying overseas.

Senior officials[edit]

Divisions[edit]

  • General Administration Division
  • Overseas Administration Division
  • Consular Affairs Division
  • Protocol Division
  • Public Communications Division
  • Economic Affairs Division
  • Finance Division
  • IT Division
  • Legal Division
  • United Nations and Multilateral Affairs Division
  • South Asia and SAARC Division
  • Middle East and Africa Division
  • Europe, Americas and CIS Division
  • East Asia and Pacific Division

Statutory institutions[edit]

The old Legislative Council Building, Colombo fort. Today houses the Ministry of External Affairs

Ministers of External Affairs[edit]

Permanent Secretaries[edit]

Incomplete

See also[edit]

External links[edit]