Ministry of External Affairs and Defence
The Ministry of External Affairs and Defence was a ministry of the Government of Ceylon that conducted and managed all of Ceylon's relations with other countries and its military matters from 1947 to 1977.
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 Foreign Affairs.
- Prime Minister and Minister of External Affairs and Defence
- Parliamentary Secretary for External Affairs and Defence
- Permanent Secretary to External Affairs and Defence
- Additional Secretary to External Affairs and Defence
- Hon. Major Montague "Monti" Jayawickreme
- Hon. Felix R. Dias Bandaranaike
- Tikiri Banda Subasinghe (1956-1959)
- Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan, KBE, CCS
- Sir V. Coomaraswamy, CMG, CCS
- G.V.P. Samarasinghe, CCS
- N.Q. Dias, CCS
- W.T Jayasinghe, CCS
- Gunasena de Soyza (1953–1960)
- Minister of Foreign Affairs (Sri Lanka)
- Minister of Defence (Sri Lanka)
- Diplomatic missions of Sri Lanka
- Tissa Wijeyeratne, an illustrious son of Lanka. Sunday Observer, Retrieved on 14 July 2002.