Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Indonesia Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Jakarta on 30 January 2023.
Upon arrival at the Embassy, Ambassador-designate Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage was welcomed by the Embassy staff. His assumption was marked by a simple ceremony which commenced with the lighting of oil lamp by the Ambassador and other staff.
Addressing the Embassy staff, the Ambassador-designate highlighted the importance of further strengthening bilateral relations with the Republic of Indonesia given its key achievements in economic, political and defence sectors. As the Chair of ASEAN for the year 2023, Indonesia plays a pivotal role and is an important partner for Sri Lanka to reach out to the entire region. He emphasized that Indonesia and Sri Lanka are maritime neighbours and has the potential to develop collaborative mechanisms to ensure safety and security of maritime trade.
Ambassador-designate Colombage was previously Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies in Sri Lanka. He has served the Sri Lanka Navy for a period of 36 years and was a former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Ambassador-designate Colombage has been a guest lecturer in universities and training institutes in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan and Pakistan. He holds a PhD from General Sir John Kotalawela University, Master of Science in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University and Master of Arts in International Studies from Kings College, London.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
31 January 2023