Jaliya Wickramasuriya

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Jaliya Wickramasuriya is a Sri Lankan businessman who currently serves as Ambassador
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 Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the United States
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 and Mexico
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. He has served as Ambassador since July 28, 2008. Wickramasuriya previously served as Consul General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, California.

He was the Managing Director of family-run Ceylon Royal Tea a tea exporting firm in Sri Lanka, after having experienced as a "Tea Tester" in a private company.

Both Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
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 were immigrants in the United States when Mahinda Rajapakse was elected President of Sri Lanka in 2005. After being elected, President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed Gothabaya Rajapakse as Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka and Jaliya Wickremasuriya as Consul General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles.

Wickramasuriya has launched several new bilateral initiatives between Sri Lanka and the United States. He has also organized multiple trips to Sri Lanka for American companies.

See also

  • List of Sri Lankan non-career diplomats
  • Heads of missions from Sri Lanka
  • Tea production in Sri Lanka
    Tea production in Sri Lanka
    Tea production in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's fourth largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers,...