Sri Lankan expatriates in Middle Eastern countries have been requested to stay indoors and not to get involved in any of the demonstrations taking place, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera told Daily Mirror
Ministry of External Affairs had informed Sri Lankan Embassies in all the Middle Eastern countries where there are mass protests to inquire about the safety of Sri Lankan expatriates.
Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera told Daily Mirror that the Ministry had asked the embassies to inform the Sri Lankan expatriates in those countries to stay indoors and not to get involved in any of the demonstrations. “We have made this decision as Sri Lanka is not prepared to get involved in any of these crisis situations, “ he said
No Sri Lankan had been hurt in the protests that are taking place in Bahrain and Libiya according to the Deputy Minister.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment had decided to temporarily stop sending Sri Lankan expatriates to Bahrain for employment.
Some 5929 have flown to Bahrain as in November 2009 according to the statistics of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. In addition only 161 have flown towards Libya which is another country where mass protests have erupted.
Protests which began in Egypt several weeks ago have spread towards several other nations in the region including Bahrain and Iran. News agencies reported that the Iranian opposition was planning a mass protest today. (Yohan Perera)
Comments - 16
Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 20 February 2011 03:59 PM
Save your energy for SL in the future
S Aran Johnny Monday, 21 February 2011 06:51 AM
I live in Bahrain. We dont even have an embassy here! What nonsense is this Deputy Minister fellow talking? We have been fending for ourselves these past few days. The other matter to comment on is that Bahrain is quite safe despite these protests. The protests are only at one roundabout. The rest of the country is going about its business. The SLFBE can relax its stupid regulations about not sending people to this place.
kuriosity Sunday, 20 February 2011 04:26 PM
very true, we have come here to earn some money and improve our living standrds and not make the policies or politions of those countries.
manmohan Sunday, 20 February 2011 05:23 PM
we are watching here to get started in Sri Lanka... wait and see !
mahasenevi Sunday, 20 February 2011 05:50 PM
@Tharaka, well said
JUNIOR CITIZEN Sunday, 20 February 2011 07:00 PM
Why are u scared it may happen in the Banana Republic also????