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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

The Minister of External Affairs is an appointment in the Cabinet of Sri Lanka who is responsible for overseeing the international diplomacy of the Government of Sri Lanka. The post was first created in 1947 as Minister of External Affairs and Defence, in 1978 the Ministry of External Affairs and Defence separated into two ministries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. Prior to the separation of the post the Minister of External Affairs and Defence was held by the Prime Minister since 1947, with a Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and External Affairs who was an elected parliamentarian and was the de facto foreign minister.

List of Foreign Ministers

Parties

      Sri Lanka Freedom Party       United National Party

# Portrait Name Party Tenure Head(s) of Government Ministerial title
1 Don Stephen Senanayake United National Party 24 September 1947 - 22 March 1952 Don Stephen Senanayake Minister of External Affairs and Defence
2 Dudley Senanayake United National Party 22 March 1952 - 12 October 1953 Dudley Senanayake
3 John Kotelawala John Kotelawala United National Party 12 October 1953 - 12 April 1956 John Kotelawala
4 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 12 April 1956 - 26 September 1959 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
5 Wijeyananda Dahanayak Wijeyananda Dahanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 26 September 1959 - 20 March 1960 Wijeyananda Dahanayake
6 Dudley Senanayake United National Party 21 March 1960 - 21 July 1960 Dudley Senanayake
7 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 21 July 1960 - 25 March 1965 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
8 Dudley Senanayake United National Party 25 March 1965 - 29 May 1970 Dudley Senanayake
9 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 29 May 1970 - 23 July 1977 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
10 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 Lakshman Kadirgamar Sri Lanka Freedom Party 1994 - 2001 Chandrika Kumaratunga
16 Tyronne Fernando United National Party 2001 - 2004
17 Lakshman Kadirgamar Lakshman Kadirgamar Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2004 - 2005
18 Anura Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2004 - 2005
19 Mangala Samaraweera Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2005 – 2007 Mahinda Rajapaksa
20 Rohitha Bogollagama Sri Lanka Freedom Party 2007 - April 2010
21 Prof. Gamini Peiris Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 April 2010 – present

See also

References

External links

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Sri Lanka 54th Independence Anniversary, Colonial rule to independence, by Aryadasa Ratnasinghe
  • Sri Lankan Foreign Ministers

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