Sri Lanka foreign minister to visit Kingdom

Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim, second right, is seen with community members on the 69th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo)
Updated 08 February 2017
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Sri Lanka foreign minister to visit Kingdom

RIYADH: Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim on Saturday said he was making extensive arrangements for the forthcoming visit to Saudi Arabia of his country’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
“It’s going to be a remarkable visit, since the foreign minister’s talks will focus on how best the two countries can cooperate with each other in working toward achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020,” Thassim said at the 69th anniversary of his country’s Independence Day celebrations at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh.
Sri Lanka looks forward to further strengthening bilateral relations, especially in the fields of employment, trade, investment and tourism, he added.
“Appreciating the long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, our country wholeheartedly supports Vision 2030 under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and NTP 2020 initiated by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, trade and tourism have increased tremendously to the benefit of the people of the two countries," he said, adding that nearly 38,000 Saudis holidayed in Sri Lanka last year.


95 percent of Canadian medical programs filled by Saudi doctors

Updated 19 July 2018
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95 percent of Canadian medical programs filled by Saudi doctors

OTTAWA: More than 95 percent of places available to non-Canadian doctors in a fellowship and specialization program in Canadian medical schools have been acquired by Saudi Arabian doctors, the Saudi cultural attaché in Canada, Dr. Fawzi bin Abdulghani Bukhari, announced on Thursday.
He attributed the reason to the efficiency and excellence of Saudi doctors and the distinguished relations enjoyed by the Cultural Mission for more than 40 years with all Canadian medical schools, in addition to the support being provided for the Scholarship Program in general.
For the academic year 2018/2019, 514 places were awarded — 93 in fellowship programs and 421 in the programs of sub-specialization, fine-specialization, research fellowship and scientific communication.
The number of applications received for applicants from within the Kingdom exceeded 1,000, in addition to 230 applications submitted by doctors still studying in Canada.