New Lankan envoy arriving on Tuesday

Updated 13 July 2014
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New Lankan envoy arriving on Tuesday

The new Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Kingdom Mohamed Hussein Mohamed will arrive here on Tuesday to take up his new assignment at the country’s mission in Riyadh.
Hussein Mohamed, former mayor of Colombo, succeeds Vadivel Krishnamoorthy who took over the post of ambassador to the Lankan mission in Kenya on Tuesday.
Hussein Mohamed is the son of former Sri Lankan speaker Haniffa Mohamed, a founding member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League in Makkah.
The incoming envoy will meet the country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday in Colombo before he embarks on his new assignment in the Kingdom. He was also accorded a reception by the National Council of Young Men’s Muslim Association (NCYMMAs) in Colombo on Saturday.
The ambassador-designate has also served the Western Provincial Council as its elected member. Currently, he is the vice president of the Colombo Islamic Center, which is affiliated to organizations such as the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Muslim World League, Organization of Islamic Conference and the Karachi-based World Muslim Congress.
During his mayoralty stint from 1989 to 1991, he also served as vice president of the Asia Pacific Union of Local Authorities.
Sri Lanka set up its embassy in Jeddah in 1983 with Dickman De Alwis as its first charge d’ affaires, where subsequently in 1993, the Saudi government reciprocated with a mission in Colombo appointing Abdullah Al-Zahrani as its charge d’ affaires. Later in 1985, the Lankan embassy moved its location to the capital, Riyadh.
Former ambassadors of Sri Lanka in the Kingdom include the late M.R.M. Thassim, late A.L.M. Hashim, late Cader Markar, Izzat Ahamed, Javid Yusuf, Nowfel Salih Jabir, Ibrahim Sahib Ansar, A.M.J. Sadiq, late A.A.M. Marleen , Ahmed A. Jawad and Krishnamoorthy who departed for Kenya last week .


Saudi Arabia supports sustainable development efforts

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Saudi Arabia supports sustainable development efforts

  • Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi: Saudi Arabia will continue to play its humanitarian, political and economic role as part of its responsibility toward the international community
  • Al-Qadi highlighted the Kingdom’s initiative to exempt the debt of the least developed countries, by waiving more than $6 billion of debt poor countries owed to the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has affirmed its full cooperation with the United Nations and international community to achieve all that is good for humanity, security and stability, and development.

Saudi Arabia will continue to play its humanitarian, political and economic role as part of its responsibility toward the international community, said Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qadi, chairman of the second committee of Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the UN.

He also noted that Saudi Arabia will also keep supporting the implementation of the Kingdom’s 2030 Sustainable Development Plan goals, and the well-being of the world.

The statements were made during the general debate on the item of operational activities for development, as part of the work of the Economic and Financial Committee (II), at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Reiterating the statement made by Egypt on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, on international efforts to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

Al-Qadi said they are concerned about the decline in core contributions to these funds, resulting in a deficit that spread negative effects on the achievement of sustainable development goals.

He added that Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to development issues and supports development cooperation efforts among developing countries, particularly in the Arab region.

The Kingdom focuses on international cooperation which enhance the national capacities of countries and supports their efforts to overcome challenges facing their governments and peoples, in all fields of development, he stated, in economic, environmental, health, social, technical and other aspects, he stressed.

He spoke of the Kingdom’s initiative to exempt the debt of the least developed countries, by waiving more than $6 billion of debt poor countries owed to the Kingdom, which is one of the world’s most heavily subsidizing countries.