The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that former Additional Secretary to the Ministry, A.L.A. Azeez has been appointed as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Public Communications Director Niluka Kadurugamuwa confirmed the appointment.
Ambassador Azeez presented his credentials to Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva, Michael Moller, on 12 April.
A statement on the Ministry website says that Moller welcomed the new Permanent Representative and informed him about the diverse areas in which his office in Geneva remained engaged in and highlighted that the integrated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Lab, the Gender Parity Campaign, and the UN Strategic Heritage Plan were priorities.
He had further called upon Sri Lanka to contribute towards the advancement of these initiatives while continuing the leading role that Sri Lanka has played in the field of disarmament and other areas.
He reiterated that it was the policy of the GoSL to remain engaged in constructive dialogue and cooperation with the UN, in a manner that advances the welfare of all Sri Lankans.
“A career Foreign Service Officer with 26 years of experience, Ambassador Azeez previously served as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN Organisations in Vienna from 2011 to 2015.
He coordinated European Union related matters and multilateral treaties. In Vienna, he also held the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 and the Working Group of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, in addition to the Presidency of the UN Industrial Development Board and the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” the statement read.