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The Foreign Affairs Ministry said today there was no immediate impact on Sri Lankans in Qatar in the wake of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt breaking ties with that country but that it was monitoring the situation closely.

Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said Sri Lankans could contact our embassy in Qatar in case they needed help.

She said however, Sri Lankans employed by companies based in the countries which broke ties with Qatar might face difficulties.

Meanwhile, Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale also said there was no direct impact on Lankans employed in Qatar.

“The Qatari issue is only a regional issue and there is no threat to Sri Lanka," she said and added that Sri Lanka did not have any issues with Qatar on a diplomatic level.

“We also heard that banks have stopped exchanging Qatar Riyals due to false news aired at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning. However, the Central bank has issued instructions on this matter,” she said.

The minister asked employees in Qatar to inform the embassy if they wished to return to SL.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Ambassador in Qatar, ASP Liyanage said some Sri Lankans there seem to have panicked but assured there were no major effects on Sri Lankans at the moment.

He said all foreign ambassadors in Qatar had met the Qatari king and had discussed the situation.

Mr. Liyanage said the embassy had received several phone calls asking about the situation.
"There was a bit of a rush at the airport due to the suspension of several flights and at the supermarkets because of the fear of economic sanctions. There is no need to panic as the SriLankan Airlines operates its flights to Qatar as per the schedule and there are no economic sanctions,” he told Daily Mirror. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 5

  • Doha Man Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:34 PM

    This is really foolish. Im staying in Qatar. here no any problem. people just panicking for nothing. Everything is safe. Sri lankan nothing to worry here. worry is only for nominated countries.

    Citizen Ash Wednesday, 07 June 2017 01:12 AM

    watch the rox effect on Qatari riyal and the effects on FDI via DM Android App

    nim Wednesday, 07 June 2017 04:34 AM

    It's not foolish thing, even everything seems to be ok for general public, there is a tense in the country. You never know what will happen in next few hours.Sometimes Arabic nations and people act foolishly.What happened during Arab Spring and do you know what happened during Kuwait war.Iraq war, within hew hours whole nations collapsed.We have to stay alert. If something happen in Qatar ,Sri Lanka will not be able to do anything for sure.See how flood victims got support from authorities.

    Roshan -doha Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:10 PM

    We believe god, they will solve the problems soon. So public no need to panic, as Sri lankan embassy announced in the Qatar. This is the number one richest country in the world. So they will find their way. So nothing to worry.. I do not understand why sri lankan live in Qatar more panicking than any other. Now only the problem is flights other than that nothing here. According to the latest new we believe that they will solve this problem soon in days to come

    Farook Wednesday, 07 June 2017 01:48 PM

    What Sri Lanka has to do we are no fools many Sri Lankan's in Qatar also other Gulf countries we have to be independent if other gulf Countries will except all Sri Lankan's in Qatar our Foreign Minister think wisely before any action is taken

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