Sri Lankan mission sets out 2020 goals for expats’ welfare

Ambassador Azmi Thassim
Updated 01 June 2016
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Sri Lankan mission sets out 2020 goals for expats’ welfare

RIYADH: Shifting the Sri Lankan Embassy to the Diplomatic Quarter is one of the goals of the 2020 Vision set out by the mission, said the country’s Ambassador Azmi Thassim here on Saturday.
The envoy was speaking at the launch of the mission’s 2020 Vision chalked out by more than 100 Sri Lankan expatriates in the capital. He explained that a group of professionals was formed into several groups and framed a set of common goals to be undertaken by the mission for the welfare of their countrymen here, as well as to strengthen bilateral relations with the host country.
Shifting to a spacious headquarters in the Diplomatic Quarter will be an added advantage for the mission to expand its services, he added.
Sri Lankan professionals from various walks of life, who contributed to the framing of the 2020 Vision of the mission, were present at a meeting on Saturday hosted by the ambassador at a city hotel here.
Other priorities of the proposed vision are to strengthen bilateral relations with the host government and to promote the exchange of high-level visits between the two countries. He said arrangements will be made for the island’s external affairs minister, Mangala Samaraweera, to visit the Kingdom in the near future, depending on the convenience of his Saudi counterpart.
He pointed out that promoting trade and investment between the two countries will be one of the priorities of the mission. “Sri Lanka has a lot of things to offer the Saudi market and the Kingdom also has plenty of opportunities for investment in various development works in the country,” he said, stressing that this sector has to be harnessed for mutual benefits.
“We will also try to send more skilled workers and professionals to the Kingdom,” he said, pointing out that the existing workforce in the Kingdom has earned a good reputation through their hard work, honesty and loyalty.


Saudi Arabia downs Houthi missile fired across border

Updated 23 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia downs Houthi missile fired across border

  • The missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen
  • Saudi forces said they intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile targeting the Kingdom’s southern coastal city of Jizan on Friday

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia at the Kingdom’s southern border city of Najran, which set a farm ablaze, state media said.
“Saudi forces were able to intercept (the missile),” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis.
“But the shrapnel scattered over residential areas and caused a fire at a farm belonging to a citizen, without causing any injuries.”
The missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen, the coalition was cited as saying.
The coalition said another missile crashed in a Saudi desert on Sunday, without specifying a location, adding it caused no damage.
Sunday’s strikes are the latest in a series of rebel bombardments on Saudi territory.
Saudi forces said they intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile targeting the Kingdom’s southern coastal city of Jizan on Friday, the second such strike in the area in over a week.
Earlier this month, Saudi forces said they intercepted rebel ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and the south of the Kingdom, where two drones were also shot down.
Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 led a coalition of Arab states fighting to roll back the Houthis in Yemen and restore its neighbor’s internationally recognized government to power.
Nearly 10,000 people have since been killed in the conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
In March, an Egyptian laborer became the first known fatality in a rebel missile attack on the Saudi capital.
Saudi Arabia accuses its arch-rival Iran of smuggling missiles to the Houthis — a charge Tehran denies.