RIYADH: Azmi Thassim, the Sri Lankan ambassador in Riyadh, visited Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif on Tuesday to discuss the work of the Sri Lankan Embassy in the region.
“Paid a visit to the region and met with the governor of the Eastern Province and several senior officials,” the ambassador said.
He also updated the governor on the current situation in Sri Lanka, he said.
The ambassador also visited the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Eastern Province, where he met officials and highlighted the importance of a monthly mobile consular service to the Sri Lankans working and living in the region.
In addition, he met the deputy mayor and education officials from the region and senior officials from the Dammam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also spent time with the director general of prison affairs in the province and visited prisons in Dammam to meet male and female inmates.
The envoy also visited a number of private-sector companies in Dammam to discuss trends in the Saudi economy and how they could be utilized to benefit of Sri Lanka. He also visited the monthly mobile consular service the embassy provides in the Dammam area, and traveled to Al-Ahsa and Jubail Industrial City where he met Sri Lankan workers.
The ambassador also held a meeting with officials from the Eastern Province Sri Lanka Culture Club to discuss ways of enhancing embassy services in the province.
Madhuka Wickramarachchi, the minister counselor, and A L M Jabeer, protocol officer at the Sri Lankan Embassy, accompanied the ambassador during the visit.