Ambassador Kariyawasam assumes duties in Washington
Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri
Lanka to United States in Washington D.C. on June 23, 2014.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to receive Ambassador Kariyawasam
on July 14, 2014 at the Oval Office of the White House at a ceremony
accepting the credentials of the new Sri Lankan envoy.
Ambassador Kariyawasam joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981
and has held various diplomatic assignments including High Commissioner
for Sri Lanka to India, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN
in Geneva and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New
Prasad Kariyawasam, who joined the Service in 1981 held diplomatic
assignments in Geneva (1983-1987), Riyadh (1989-1992), Washington
(1995-1998), New Delhi (1998-2001), Geneva (2001-2004), New York
(2005-2008) and New Delhi (2009 - 2014). In his last assignment as High
Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India in Delhi he was concurrently
accredited as the Ambassador for Sri Lanka to Bhutan and Afghanistan.
From 1998 to 2001 he served as the Deputy High Commissioner for Sri
Lanka in India, holding the rank of an Ambassador.
In Geneva, from 2001 to 2004 he served as Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, while also holding
the positions of Consul General of Sri Lanka to Switzerland, Personal
Representative of the Head of State of Sri Lanka to the G-15 and
concurrently accredited Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Holy See in the