Sri Lanka envoy to compatriots: Help Saudis implement Vision 2030

Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim, second left, and Sumith Roy Weerakody, president of the Sri Lanka Cultural Forum in Dammam, third left, at the 69th Independence Day celebrations in Dammam. (AN photo)
Updated 13 February 2017
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Sri Lanka envoy to compatriots: Help Saudis implement Vision 2030

RIYADH: In an Independence Day message to the Sri Lankan community in the Eastern Province, Ambassador Azmi Thassim urged community members to cooperate with Saudi authorities to implement Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
He was speaking at his country’s 69th Independence Day celebrations organized by the Sri Lanka Cultural Forum in Dammam on Friday.
To begin the event, Thassim unfurled the national flag amid the beat of drums, then community members joined the choir to recite the national anthem.
The Kingdom hosts the largest population of Sri Lankan overseas workers, which numbers 1.5 million.
A large number of expatriates from all walks of life were present at the morning function to meet and greet one another.
Patriotic songs were sung, and dances to depict Sri Lankan culture were performed to entertain the audience. Typical Sri Lankan dishes were served to guests.
Thassim urged his countrymen to contribute to the progress and development of the Kingdom, and to build a better Sri Lanka.
He said his country’s new government is working to create a new political culture and economic system, as well as communal harmony.


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

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Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

  • Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis
  • The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition's spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemen's Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

So far, the Houthis have launched over 100 missiles at Saudi cities and installations.