12 April 2018
Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, the new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Azeez served as Acting Additional Secretary for the European Union, Commonwealth and Multilateral Treaties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka since November 2015. He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in Austria from July 2011 to November 2015. He was Director General for the Middle East and Africa at the Ministry from July 2009 to June 2011.
Mr. Azeez served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York from July 2005 to December 2008. He was Minister Counsellor and Head of Chancery at the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra from March 2003 to June 2005. He served as Second Secretary at the Sri Lankan Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from July 1993 to August 1996.
Born on 1 September 1961, Mr. Azeez has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Colombo (1984-1990); a certificate in diplomatic studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland (1992-1993); and a Master of Laws, specialized in international human rights law (2000-2002).
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