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.


Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

German artists perform at Goethe-Institut in Riyadh on Tuesday night. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

  • German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter

RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts.
The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues.
On Tuesday evening in Riyadh the Goethe-Institut hosted Birgit Erichson and Vasil Laghidze, who performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey.”
The lyrics, by Wilhelm Müller, were recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani.
“We are astonished at how the audience in Riyadh and Jeddah responded,” said pianist Laghidze. “We got overwhelming support from music lovers. The audience here is very enthusiastic.”
On Monday German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter.
Laghidze and cellist Erichson were joined by violinist Ulrich Beetz, with the trio delighting a national and international gathering with music from Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak.
An embassy press officer told Arab News the musicians were well-received amid “thunderous applause.”
The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars.
Other venues for the visiting artists included the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a research institute in Thuwal.