New Sri Lankan envoy pledges quality service

Updated 01 June 2013
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New Sri Lankan envoy pledges quality service

The new Sri Lankan ambassador to the Kingdom, Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, has pledged to make his country’s embassy a model mission for quality services and maintain the dignity of the island nation.
Krishnamoorthy told Arab News yesterday that the Kingdom is an important station for Sri Lanka by virtue of its excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.
Saudi Ambassador in Colombo Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al-Jammaz, who was recalled for consultations following the execution of Rizana Nafeek in January, has also returned to his mission in Colombo.
Sri Lanka set up its embassy in Jeddah in 1983 with Dickman De Alwis as its first charge d’affaires. Subsequently in 1993, Saudi Arabia reciprocated with a mission in Colombo with Abdullah Al-Zahrani as its charge d’affaires. The Sri Lankan Embassy moved its location to the capital in 1985.
Krishnamoorthy was handpicked by President Mahinda Rajapaksa for this important region to strengthen relations between the Kingdom and Sri Lanka.
The largest Sri Lankan work force of 550,000 out of its 1.5 million workers in the Middle East, is concentrated in the Kingdom.
The new ambassador will present his credentials at the Foreign Ministry here today.
Krishnamoorthy said his top priority is to coordinate with Saudi officials in processing the deportation and transfer of sponsorship of its illegal workers under the Nitaqat program. "We will see that we meet the deadline set for amnesty with the cooperation of these workers,” Kirishnamoorthy said.
He said that he will try to build a spirit of cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the two countries to enhance trade, explore new jobs for Sri Lankans, find investment opportunities and develop cultural cooperation.
Saudi Fund For Development has been providing funds from time to time for development projects such as construction of roads, bridges and hospital facilities in Sri Lanka, the envoy added.
Prior to his posting here, Krishnamoorthy, a senior career diplomat, was attached to External Affairs Ministry as its director general for South-East Asia and SAARC.
His last overseas posting was as deputy high commissioner of Sri Lanka in Chennai, India. He had also served as high commissioner at Dhaka.


Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

Updated 20 April 2019
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Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor
  • He also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology

MOSCOW: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission on Saturday visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center.
Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor, who briefed him on the center’s work and programs, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
They discussed establishing scientific and research cooperation in the areas of space and aeronautics, and the International Space Station.
Prince Sultan also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology. It produces most parts of the International Space Station.
He said his visit was in line with directives from King Salman to ensure close cooperation with Russia in the space sector and joint investments.
The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) was working at a “rapid pace” to complete an ambitious national strategy, he said, and the Kingdom was one of the region’s first countries to explore the future of space more than 34 years ago.
He added that programs were being prepared in partnership with Russian space institutions and agencies to train Saudi astronauts and to expand in space and satellite industries.
The prince said the commission was keen to invest in training Saudi talent through specialized programs and educational scholarships abroad.
Earlier this week, he visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a working session alongside its director-general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
“Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence,” SPA reported Rogozin as saying.
Last month, Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries signed the first pan-Arab agreement on coordinating national exploration programs at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, said that the group’s first project would be a satellite system to be built in the UAE.
The agreement is unprecedented for the nations involved, whose levels of technical expertise vary. The first aim of the agreement will be to bring them all up to an equal level of capability.