Sri Lankan envoy to leave Kingdom as tenure ends

Updated 13 August 2015
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Sri Lankan envoy to leave Kingdom as tenure ends

RIYADH: Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Kingdom Mohamed Hussein Mohamed will be leaving the country upon the completion of his tenure on Thursday.
In an interview with Arab News, the former mayor of Colombo expressed his sadness in bidding farewell to the Kingdom after an eventful year. He credited government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and community members for the success of his stay in Saudi Arabia.
“I am thankful to all those who contributed to facilitate my work as ambassador to serve the community and promote bilateral relations”.
Despite the envoy’s brief tenure in the country, he played an instrumental role in the relocation of the Sri Lankan Embassy to a spacious complex in Sulaimaniyah last week.
Under Mohamed’s initiative as ambassador, the embassy established a mission to achieve several important tasks such as the preparation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the councils of chambers and industry of both countries, the exemption of the Sri Lankan International School of Riyadh from the Nitaqat program and to initiate the provision of aid to Sri Lanka from the Saudi Fund For Development.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a farewell lunch for the outgoing ambassador at its headquarters recently. As a symbol of appreciation and gratitude for his services to the Sri Lankan community, members had organized a farewell for Mohamed in a hotel in Riyadh.
The largest concentration of Sri Lankans, out of the country’s 1.5 million expatriates working in the Middle East, is found in Saudi Arabia totaling 550,000 people.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”