H.E. M.U.M Ali SabryMinister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
Ali Sabry, President's Counsel, received his primary education at Kalutara and Zahira College in Colombo before enrolling at Sri Lanka Law College in 1992. He was a prominent student leader and debater during his time at Law College. He was admitted to the Sri Lankan bar as an Attorney-at-Law in 1995 and went on to build a successful litigation practice.
He appeared in a number of high-profile and historic cases, with many of them being covered in the Sri Lanka Law Reports and publications. In 2009, he was named the Outstanding Young Person of the Year for his achievements in the legal field. He was an active member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, where he served as Deputy President and Treasurer, as well as a member of the Sri Lanka Law Commission.
He held executive and consultative positions in a variety of statutory authorities and business sector entities, and he was the Sri Lankan Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 1997.
Mr. Ali Sabry was bestowed silk and appointed as President's Counsel in 2012, making him one of the youngest ever.
He was appointed Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka on August 12, 2020. Mr. Ali Sabry began an unprecedented overhaul of the Sri Lankan justice sector upon gaining office. In honour of his efforts to improve the Sri Lankan judicial system, Mr. Ali Sabry was asked to speak at an event during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2021.
Mr. Ali Sabry was appointed Finance Minister of Sri Lanka on April 4, 2022, in the middle of an economic crisis, and was entrusted with initiating debt restructuring and negotiating processes to recover the Sri Lankan economy. As Finance Minister, he initiated broad economic reforms, including discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the implementation of long-overdue processes that established the groundwork for restoring stability to the Sri Lankan economy.
Mr. Ali Sabry was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on 22nd July 2022.