Labor pact with Sri Lanka safeguards rights of both parties, says new CG

Sri Lankan Consul General Faizer Mackeen presents his commission of appointment in Jeddah to Ambassador Muhammad Ahmad Tayeb, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the western province, on Tuesday.
Updated 15 October 2016
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Labor pact with Sri Lanka safeguards rights of both parties, says new CG

RIYADH: Recruitment of labor from Sri Lanka enjoys a smooth sail following the recent agreement between the Kingdom and the island, Sri Lanka's Consul General Faizer Mackeen said in Jeddah on Thursday.
The consul general was speaking to Arab News soon after presenting his commission of appointment to Ambassador Muhammad Ahmad Tayeb, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the western province, on the assumption of his duties in Jeddah.
Jamal Balkhoyoor, deputy director general and chief of protocol of the Ministry Foreign Affairs (Makkah branch), was also present at the presentation ceremony.
Speaking to Arab News, he said that the two countries have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the protection of domestic workers from the island nation in the Kingdom.
“It was an important agreement which protects both the employer and the employee. He also said that the agreement would pave the way for more workers coming into the Kingdom since it provides them adequate security.
The labor agreement for domestic workers recruitment was a joint effort by Riyadh and Colombo to create a unified and well-regulated system for recruitment with emphasis on monitoring the working conditions of workers. It covers 12 categories of domestic workers including housemaids, drivers, cleaners and waiters employed by individuals.
The agreement included provisions that stipulate that contracts should be in a language that is understood by the worker and that the worker must be informed of what to do and whom to turn to in case of an emergency.
The worker also must be made aware of the facilities available to him or her in the country of destination, especially when it comes to health and personal safety and the employer must agree to terminate the service contract after a maximum of two years if the employee wishes to leave his or her place of employment. In addition, the employee has the right to retain all his or her travel documents at all times.
Referring to the conversation he had with Ahmad Tayeb, he said it was a cordial discussion related to trade, tourism and migration.
“We exchanged views on the recruitment industry of Sri Lanka and tourism including tea and investment in Sri Lanka, while recalling the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka dating back to centuries including the signing of the agreement enhancing trade relations of both countries, which culminated in the establishment of the first embassy of Sri Lanka in Jeddah in 1981 to strengthen bilateral relations.”
The consul general said that he extended an invitation to the Saudi Foreign Ministry officials to visit Sri Lanka and stressed that Sri Lanka has become the largest tourist destination for Saudi nationals in addition to trading and manpower in the recent years.
Sri Lanka has planned to achieve a target of $ 3.5 billion as revenues from tourism and another $ 8 billion from employment industry.
Saudi Arabia is one of the largest countries providing employment opportunities to Sri Lankan migrants. Further, he said, SriLankan Airlines has established daily flights from Colombo to Jeddah except on Friday and approximately 50,000 Umrah pilgrims visit Saudi Arabia for their religious observation in addition to the limited quota allocated for Haj pilgrims.


Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan

  • The missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.
  • Houthi militia fired the missile at the city of Jazan in Saudi Arabia.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a missile fired toward the city of Jazan by Houthi militia at 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday.
The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen Turki Al-Maliki said the missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.
The missile was intercepted and destroyed, no injuries were reported, Saudi Press Agency said.
Al-Maliki added: “This hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolutions 2216 and 2231 that aim to safeguard the security of Saudi Arabia and the international community.”