‘Ramadan is of great importance to Sri Lanka’

Updated 30 July 2013
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‘Ramadan is of great importance to Sri Lanka’

Sri Lankan Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy hosted an iftar gathering at the embassy premises on Saturday in a show of religious tolerance.
Krishnamoorthy said that the month of fasting brings people closer to one another and is a form of personal sacrifice.
Speaking at the inter-community iftar party, Krishnamoorthy said, “The noble values of reconciliation and peace, which are at the heart of the Islamic tradition, need to be shared and celebrated. I am very happy to continue the tradition of hosting an iftar in the embassy to share our sense of unity and religious harmony with our friends and families.
“Ramadan is of great importance to us in Sri Lanka. The Muslim community in Sri Lanka and all other communities strive to reinforce their efforts toward working for peace and harmony in this holy time of the year.”
The ambassador said, “I have seen the spirit of Ramadan in my embassy staff who work very hard and sacrifice time with their families to help in the legalization process of illegal workers in the Kingdom.”
He also took the occasion to remind community members to take advantage of the amnesty extension provided by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to rectify their status.
In his sermon, Abdullah Al-Masari, imam of the local Sheikh Khalid Al-Ruki Mosque, said, “Ramadan is a month of forgiveness and blessings from God Almighty; Muslims should not miss this great opportunity to absolve their sins and extend a helping hand to less fortunate in the community.”
Some 300 men, women and children from the Sri Lankan community and embassy officials and their family members attended the cross-section iftar gathering, which began with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an and sermons on Islamic values.
The Sri Lankan business community in the Kingdom also attended the iftar.
Islam in Sri Lanka is practiced by a minority group, constituing 9.72 percent of the population of Sri Lanka as per the census of 2012.


KSA to set up first special economic zone in Riyadh

A royal decree has been issued to approve the regulation of the “Integrated Logistics Bonded Zone (ILBZ)”. (Shutterstock)
Updated 22 October 2018
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KSA to set up first special economic zone in Riyadh

  • A royal decree has been issued to approve the regulation of the “Integrated Logistics Bonded Zone (ILBZ)”

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced the establishment of a special economic zone (SEZ) on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The zone, the first of its kind in the world, will be developed in Riyadh.
It will focus on integrated logistics and will enjoy special rules and regulations aiming at attracting more multinational companies to the Kingdom.
A royal decree has been issued to approve the regulation of the “Integrated Logistics Bonded Zone (ILBZ)” and has assigned its establishment and operation to the General Authority for Civil Aviation as the zone governing body. ILBZ is a major step in translating Vision 2030 into action by leveraging Saudi Arabia’s strategic location as the hub connecting three continents, one of three core pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 announced in 2016.