Colombage appointed new Foreign Secretary

Additional Secretary to the President for Foreign Relations Admiral Jayanath Colombage has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary.

Admiral Colombage replaces Ravinath Aryasinghe who served as Foreign Secretary in 2018 and then again in 2019.

Aryasinghe is among 25 new Secretaries to Ministries appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today.

Admiral Jayanath Colombage was instrumental in the repatriation of Sri Lankans who were stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the repatriation program initiated by him, nearly 19, 000 stranded Sri Lankans were repatriated from 94 countries and 50, 000 more have registered to be repatriated in the future.

The new Secretary to the Cabinet and Secretaries to the Ministries are as follows.

  1. W. M. D. J. Fernando – Cabinet Secretary
  2. R. W. R. Premasiri – Ministry of Highways
  3. S. R. Attygalle – Ministry of Finance
  4. J. J. Ratnasiri – Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government
  5. Jagath Wijeweera – Ministry of Mass Media
  6. Ravindra Hewavitharana – Ministry of Plantations
  7. Anura Dissanayake – Ministry of Irrigation
  8. W. A. Chulananda – Ministry of Industries
  9. Wasantha Perera – Ministry of Power
  10. S. Hettiarachchi – Ministry of Tourism
  11. R. A. A. K. Ranawaka – Ministry of Lands
  12. U. K. Mapa Pathirana – Ministry of Labour
  13. R. M. I. Ratnayake – Ministry of Fisheries
  14. Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne – Ministry of Defence
  15. M. K. B. Harischandra – Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation
  16. N. B. Monty Ranatunga – Ministry of Transport
  17. Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama – Ministry of Water Supply
  18. J. M. B. Jayawardena – Ministry of Trade
  19. Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe – Ministry of Health
  20. Major General (Retired) A. K. Sumedha Perera – Ministry of Agriculture
  21. Anuradha Wijekoon – Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs
  22. K. D. R. Olga – Ministry of Energy
  23. Admiral (Retired) Prof. Jayanath Colombage – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  24. Dr. Anil Jasinghe – Ministry of Environment
  25. Professor Kapila Perera – Ministry of Education
  26. Sirinimal Perera – Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (Colombo Gazette)