Sri Lankan Embassy sets up 24-hour toll free phone-in service for expats

Updated 08 February 2014
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Sri Lankan Embassy sets up 24-hour toll free phone-in service for expats

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh has set up a 24 hour phone-in service to help its distressed expatriates workers in the Kingdom providing assistance to their matters.
“This is a new service set to be introduced from next week to help our countrymen who need our services,” Sri Lankan Ambassador Vadivel Krishnamoorthy told Arab News on Friday.
The toll free number 8001180050 is a 24-hour helpline.
In addition to strengthening bilateral ties with the Kingdom, the envoy said, the embassy is interested in serving its workers community that brings in revenues to the national coffers.
Krishnamoorthy said its nationals working in the Middle East sent home $2.5 billion in 2010, a "significant portion of which comes from the 350,000 Sri Lankans working in the Kingdom.”
Around one-third of Sri Lanka’s 1.5 million overseas workers live in the Kingdom, he said.
“In another major development, I have made arrangements to permit my countrymen to meet me on Wednesday every week without prior appointment,” he said adding that those with unresolved issues could personally see him during office hours. He said that he was also available on other days but by appointment only.
The envoy said that Saudi Arabia is the favorite destination for Sri Lankans seeking employment. “I am happy to note that there are more than 350,000 Sri Lankan expatriates living in the Kingdom which promotes our bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia.”
He said that the Sri Lankans had earned a name for discipline, sincerity, being talented, hardworking and law-abiding residents in the Kingdom.
Krishnamoorthy expressed his deep appreciation for the generous amnesty granted by the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah which gave undocumented expatriates the opportunity to respectfully exit the country and return to Sri Lanka or to rectify their status.
He said, “Over 100,000 expatriates had changed their professions and that approximately 15,000 Sri Lankans had left the Kingdom without facing any penalties.
It also enabled those who returned to Sri Lanka to reapply for jobs and return to the Kingdom in the future, benefiting both the Sri Lankan and Saudi Arabian labor markets.”
“It has been the constant endeavor of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh to provide consular and other services to the Sri Lankan expatriates both at the mission and through its monthly mobile services in the Eastern Province. This mission will also expand its services to Al-Hail from this year onwards.”
The embassy has been consistently trying to improve its quality of services to the Sri Lankan community in Saudi Arabia he said, pointing out that in addition to the provision of daily consular services at the embassy, a senior consular official can always be met without appointment.


Sarajevo eager to see stronger ties with Riyadh, Bosnian House speaker tells Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman meets students at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Sarajevo. (SPA)
Updated 19 July 2018
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Sarajevo eager to see stronger ties with Riyadh, Bosnian House speaker tells Saudi Arabia's Prince Sultan

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman met Speaker Safet Softic in Sarajevo on Thursday to discuss further co-operation between their countries

The president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Prince Sultan bin Salman, met the speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo to discuss further co-operation between the nations.

The meeting came on the sidelines of Prince Sultan’s official visit to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia’s speaker of the House of Peoples, Safet Softic, said: “The visit of a senior Saudi official to Bosnia is a sign that communication between the two countries is constantly growing and improving.”

Softic was eager to see economic relations between Bosnia and the Kingdom become as strong as political and humanitarian relations between them.

Prince Sultan said: “It is our religious and humanitarian duty to support Bosnia, and King Salman has given special attention to Bosnia’s cause since the war started in the days of the late King Fahd and until justice was achieved and the war ended with Saudi Arabia’s support.”

The SCTH chief explained that Saudi Arabia is investing in Bosnia’s future as a country located in the heart of Europe with a future in the European market.

Prince Sultan also visited the King Fahd Cultural Center in Sarajevo. He praised the center, saying it is one of the largest and most important support projects provided by the Kingdom to Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

King Salman “attended the opening ceremony of the center,” said Prince Sultan, who was accompanied by the Saudi ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. “The center should be a cultural addition to the culture prevailing here.”