New Sri Lankan envoy vows to strengthen ties with KSA

Updated 27 November 2015
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New Sri Lankan envoy vows to strengthen ties with KSA

JEDDAH: The new Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia has stressed the importance of improving the island nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Ambassador Azmi Thassim was speaking during his recent visit to the Sri Lankan International School in Jeddah. “Our country is looking forward to a positive change and it is our duty as citizens to work together to put the country first,” he said. “It is as important to start educating our community back in Sri Lanka that they should understand and respect the laws of Saudi Arabia.”
Thassim decried attacks on the rules and regulations of the Kingdom in the Sri Lankan media.
“This can harm our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The problem lies with the lack of awareness of local laws. If someone is not happy with the laws of Kingdom, they should choose not to come.”
“It is essential to educate ourselves and our community about the rules and regulations of a country before we go there,” he said.
“As the ambassador, I wish to work on building rapport between the two countries and keep it going,” said Thassim.
Thassim commended the relationship because of its contribution to the Sri Lankan foreign exchange.
He lauded the efforts of all those who contributed in bringing the community school to a professional level and praised the young talents of the students. He emphasized the importance of public speaking initiative, which is one of the main extra-curricular activities at the school.
He encouraged volunteerism and said that majority of the work must come from those who are willing to contribute as volunteers, "whether it is to develop the school, community or the country."
The ambassador urged parents to put forward their views and requested them to keep him informed of all affairs in the school.
“It is essential that we work as a team; from the embassy to the consulate general to the school and other volunteers in order to develop our younger generation to be leaders of the future,” he said.
The welcome reception for Thassim was hosted by SLISJ’s board of management.
Mohamed Ilyas, the SLISJ chairman, highlighted the improvement in the school’s academic standard. He stated that the management sorted out the issue of insufficient accommodation for the new students by expanding the school premises.
The chairman expressed gratitude to the ambassador for his time and the parents and teachers for their support.
“The school focuses on promoting a high level of learning culture,” said Basheer Rizvi, the school principal. “As long as we have a dedicated team aiming for the same goal, everything can be achieved.”


Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Updated 3 min 53 sec ago
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Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Pompeo thanked King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation
  • The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister and ambassador to Washington

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, before arriving at Riyadh’s royal palace to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo thanked Saudi King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi disappearance, while the crown prince assured him that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies."

The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman.

“I hope you are comfortable here,” the king told Pompeo, according to the reporters. Pompeo responded, “Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Trump.”

(With AFP)