United Nations, Aug 22: The new permanent representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Kshenuka Dhireni Senewiratne, presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday. Until her latest appointment, Ms. Senewiratne served most recently as Ambassador to Thailand beginning in 2015, and was also accredited to Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. She was Additional Secretary of Economic Affairs from January to July 2015, serving concurrently as Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs from January 2014 until January 2015.
Before that appointment, she was the Additional Secretary for Political Affairs, West, United Nations and Multilateral Affairs from 2011 to 2014, a UN statement said. Ms. Senewiratne’s foreign assignments included Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from 2009 to 2011. That followed a posting as Director General for Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States and the Americas at the Foreign Ministry, from 2008 to 2009. She was High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2005 to 2008, having previously served as Additional Director General for Economic Affairs at the Foreign Ministry from 2004 to 2005. UNI