Grace Asiriwatham to take over as Sri Lanka’s envoy to EU

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Grace Asiriwatham is to take over as Sri Lanka’s envoy to the EU, reports said today.

Asiriwatham will fill the post left vacant when incumbent Rodney Perera moves to be the next Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, the Delano website reported.

The announcement of the nominations was made on 2 September, with Sri Lankan foreign ministry sources cited as saying that both appointments will come into effect from next month.

Rodney Perera has been the Sri Lankan ambassador to Luxembourg, Belgium and the European Union since August 2014. He has previously served as ambassador to Italy and Norway. He is very familiar with the United States, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a master’s in international relations from the Columbia University, New York.

Grace Asirwatham has served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal and The Netherlands and in other positions in Sri Lanka missions in Germany and Pakistan. Since October 2017 she has held the post of state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Colombo Gazette)

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