Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands were formally established on 23rd November 1951 and a resident Charge d' Affaires in The Hague was appointed until 1963. In that year Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Bonn was concurrently accredited to The Hague. This function was transferred to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels in 1978. In 1992, a fully-fledged Sri Lanka Mission with a resident Ambassador was established in The Hague, the administrative capital of the Netherlands.
Sri Lanka is represented at multilateral organizations based in The Hague, with a Permanent Representation at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration(PCA), The Hague Conference for Private International Law (HccH) and the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) in Amsterdam.
Mr. A.M.J. Sadiq, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Netherlands
On completing his primary and secondary education at Sri Lanka's premier public school, Royal College, Colombo, Mr. Adam M. J. Sadiq entered the University of Colombo, where he read for a Bachelor of Science degree and graduated in 1985. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Fellowship, which enabled him to pursue a Master in Public Management degree at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA.
More recently in August 2015, he attended the 8th Leaders in Governance Programme in Singapore at the Civil Service College, on the invitation of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Before joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in October 1988, Mr Sadiq was employed in the private sector as an Executive Officer for two years at the Commercial Bank of Ceylon.
Mr. Sadiq was appointed as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in June 2015, and presented his credentials on 9th September 2015 to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. Earlier, he served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the East Asia & Pacific and the Public Communications Divisions. He was the first Chief Executive Officer/Director General of the CHOGM 2013 Task Force Secretariat in 2012.
Mr. Sadiq served as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Brazil from July 2009 to April 2011. During his tenure there, he successfully lobbied for the inscription of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (CHSL) on the World Heritage List, by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in Brasilia in July 2010. His first ambassadorial appointment was to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from August 2005 to August 2007, during which period, he negotiated the code share agreement between Sri Lankan Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines that enabled Sri Lankan Airlines to start regular flights to Jeddah. He previously served as Consul General in Jeddah, from March 2004 to June 2005.
Mr. Sadiq's first overseas assignment was as a member of the Special Mission to reopen the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait after the First Gulf War, in March 1991.While stationed there, he coordinated the repatriation of over 5000 Sri Lankans stranded in Kuwait during the war. He had subsequent postings at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris, from September 1992 to December 1994 and at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan from January 1995 to July 1999
Mr. Sadiq has worked for long periods in the Foreign Ministry, including the UN, South Asia & SAARC, Overseas Administration, West and the Public Communications Divisions. He had a short stint as Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Trade & Commerce from July to December 1990.
Mr. Sadiq has represented Sri Lanka at many international forums, such as the 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice, Salvador, Brazil in April 2010, and more recently at the Senior Officials Meeting of the 60th anniversary Bandung commemorative Summit, Jakarta, Indonesia in April 2015 and the 22nd ARF Ministerial meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 2015.
Apart from a Diploma in International Affairs from the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Mr. Sadiq also holds professional qualifications in Banking and Accountancy.