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The Sri Lankan government has contacted its missions in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah seeking information on crew members reportedly of Sri Lankan nationality, aboard a hijacked Saudi Arabian ship and to secure their release.

The Foreign Ministry said that Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has called for a report from the Sri Lanka Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah on this incident and requested the Missions to verify if there is indeed a Sri Lankan crew aboard the ship.

The Foreign Minister has also directed the two Sri Lanka Missions in Saudi Arabia to obtain all details pertaining to the crew members in the event they are Sri Lankan nationals, extend all possible assistance to ensure their welfare and expedite their release.

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Riyadh has informed this Ministry that they have contacted the Saudi Navel authorities and other connected organizations in this connection. The Consul General in Jeddah is also liaising with the company which owns this ship, to verify if there is indeed a Sri Lankan crew aboard the ship and if so, to ensure their safety and wellbeing.  (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Friday, 05 March 2010 10:33 AM

    Do Saudis show leniency towards these pirates? What about severe punishments meted out to robbers and thieves in the kingdom? Become a role model and send a suicide squad to teach them morals, of course saudi morals! Otiose precepts and outrance sermons?

    Friday, 05 March 2010 12:57 AM

    SOmalia is our friendly country but the pirates. Saudi Arabia is rich enough to pay what the pirates demand and surely all will be safe and return home safely. Our missions need not worry about this but to ensure safety of our housemaids in the Middle East

    Friday, 05 March 2010 01:04 AM

    Somalis are very friendly people and I personally associates with them when I was employed in Saudi Arabia. Pirates are just a handful of terrorists and will be handled confortably by the Saudi Navy, who are well trained to handle such thieves.

    Thursday, 04 March 2010 12:49 PM

    Let us send the Nil Balakaya with Commander Rajapakse and a Fast Boat Squadron. These brave guys will finish off Somalia/

    Friday, 05 March 2010 02:47 AM

    If they are indeed the Somali pirates who have captured them; only the demanded ransom met by the Saudi Shipping Co. will do. Minister (or President) talking of 'ensure the safety and well being of captives' is load of hot air, that will only infuriate the hijackers. Everytime a ship is hijacked, it's the same theme. At the end the, captives are only released after the ransom is paid. So the bandits wins every time; until the world community make a final concerted effort to wipe out the menace for good. Otherwise, many other bandits will swap trades in favour of this lucrative business.

    Friday, 05 March 2010 03:32 AM

    CANNOT THE AFFABLE MINISTER WHO WON THE WORLD AND THE ONE FROM KANDY WHO SILENCED THE TIGER VOICE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS TOO ?

    Thursday, 04 March 2010 01:56 PM

    Why release them. For sure they are better off in Somalia than in Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 04 March 2010 02:56 PM

    This is the moment we need the help of EU countries and USA. Some of our government side politicians reject and criticise these countries ignorantly purely for the cheap politics and we should now tell them to go to Somalia and rescue our people.During this upcoming election Sri Lankan voters should reject and vote them out these cheap politicians who hoodwink Sri Lankans. These politicians do more bad than good to the country.

    Friday, 05 March 2010 04:19 AM

    Send our Navy... They will crush Somalia and bring our ppl back :)

    Thursday, 04 March 2010 04:27 PM

    Somalis are part human, THEREFORE its difficult to deal with them.


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