Foreign Minister

Hon. Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. M.U.M. Ali Sabry, PC MP

Mr. M.U.M. Ali Sabry, President’s Counsel, received his primary education at Kalutara and Zahira College Colombo, and entered Sri Lanka Law College in 1992. During his time at Law College, he was a notable student leader and was elected General Secretary of the Law Students’ Union, elected President of the SLFP Law Students’ Union and also led the Law College Sinhala debating team. He was admitted to the Sri Lankan bar as an Attorney-atLaw in 1995.

Mr. Ali Sabry went into private practice, and within a short period of time established a very successful litigation practice. He was a highly sought-after counsel and appeared in several high-profile and landmark cases covering a wide spectrum of the law including those relating to public interest litigation, delict, medical negligence, commercial and intellectual property law. Many of his cases have been reported in the Sri Lanka Law Reports, and judgments from the cases handled by Mr. Sabry have appeared in numerous publications. In 2009 he was recognized for his work by being awarded the Outstanding Young Person of The Year for Achievement in Law in the year 2009.

In addition to his court practice, he was also an active member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and held the post of Deputy President and Treasurer. He was a member of the Executive Committee and was the Chairman of the Junior Bar Committee and the Future of the Legal Education Committee of the BASL. He was a lecturer at the Sri Lanka Law College and was a member of the highly respected Law Commission of Sri Lanka, a statutory body comprising of reputed lawyers and President’s Counsel who possess specialized knowledge in civil, criminal and commercial fields of law.

Prior to accepting public office, Mr. Ali Sabry served in various Boards and Executive Councils in the state and private sector, including the National Youth Services Council, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He served as Sri Lankan Consul General for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1997. He led the Sri Lankan Delegation to the Ship for World Youth ‘Nippon Maru’ and was a member of the Sri Lankan Delegation at the Human Rights Council sessions held in Geneva in 2012 and 2022.

Mr. Ali Sabry was conferred silk and appointed as President’s Counsel in the year 2012, the highest honour afforded to Attorneys-at-Law who have reached eminence in the profession.

On 12 August, 2020 Mr. Ali Sabry was appointed as Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka. Upon taking office, Mr. Ali Sabry commenced the unprecedented, ambitious, and wide-ranging reform of the Sri Lankan justice sector. The Minister’s justice sector reform programme is currently in the process of amending and introducing over 100 laws, some of which have not been changed in over a century. Over three hundred lawyers from the official and unofficial bars are currently working in over 30 advisory committees and 5 main sub- Committees on specialized areas of reform including Civil law, Criminal law and Commercial law. Mr. Ali Sabry has also launched the digitization drive of the justice sector, the expansion of courthouses across the country and the introduction of specialized courthouses to address the issues of laws’ delays.

In 2021, Mr. Ali Sabry was invited to speak at an event at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in recognition of his efforts at reforming the Sri Lankan justice sector. He was also appointed to chair the meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers on the legal aspects of the Covid-19 Pandemic and was invited as speaker at the World Law Congress in Colombia, 2021.

On 4th April 2022 Mr. Ali Sabry was appointed as the Finance Minister of Sri Lanka. As the Finance Minister he headed the Sri Lankan delegation comprising of officials from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Finance to Washington D.C., USA for key negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Mr. Ali Sabry was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on 22 July, 2022

Quick Links & Contacts

Government Institutions

Investments

Visa

Tourism

Import Export Trade

Exchange Rates in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Citizen Services

The Embassy offers a range of services to Sri Lankans working and living in Israel.The Embassy is fully equipped with the resources and staff to offer the following services.

  • Passports
  • Visa
  • Registration of Birth
  • Registration of Marriages
  • Registration of Deaths
  • Authentication/Attestation of Documents
  • Translation of Documents
  • Consular Fees
  • Downloads - Consular forms

News Articles

“STABILITY PEACE AND EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY”

Political Stability and Peace are one of the main ingredients to attract investors, improve tourism development and prosperity of a Nation.

Compassionate justice for peace, prosperity and development

Justice is a concept of moral righteousness based on ethics, nationality, law, natural law, religion , equality along with the punishment of the breach of the commitment.

Regime Change

In the world family the Governments change either democratically or violently. In the past violent changes of governments have taken place more often.

Towards Wonder of Asia with Regional and World Peace

Sri Lanka is a senior member of the world family maintaining high standards of Human Rights on international standards which is not an alien system to us. Our culture is based on amity, goodwill and loving kindness.

Register with the Embassy

Sri Lanka Embassy in Israel calls for all Sri Lankans in Israel to get registered with the Embassy by filling in the brief registration form. Registration with the Embassy will prove extremely helpful in the case of an emergency and is also important for a number of other concerns.

Click here to register with the Embassy.

National Day Supplements

74th Independence Day Celebrations of Sri Lanka - 2022

Israel   :   Sri Lanka

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Israel