Mon, 23 May 2022 Today's Paper

National parks to be opened for French Navy delegation

7 June 2021 08:38 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

  • 750 French crew members will arrive in two vessels

By Chaturanga Samarawickrama

A delegation of French naval crew members who will arrive in Sri Lanka on June 7, has been granted permission to visit the National Parks of Yala, Minneriya-Kawudulla, Udawalawa and the Eco Park in Habarana, which remains shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daily Mirror learns. 

The delegation which consists of 750 French crew members will arrive in two vessels and will be in Sri Lanka from June 7 to June 11 to visit the country under a “Bio-Safety Bubble”. They have requested to visit the National Parks and upon their request, the State Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Conservation approved the crew members to visit these National Parks under strict bio-bubble conditions.


The Tourism Development Authority said the Sri Lanka Navy will ensure adherence to Health Guidelines throughout the visit.


Following severe criticism on social media that this delegation was being brought in by former Russian Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga, at a time when Sri Lanka was under a strict travel restriction due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said the ability to visit a ‘Tourist Site’ required the approval of the respective Line Agency. In this case, it is the Wildlife Department, the SLTDA said.
“In the event, the Line Agency approves only, can Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority grant approval to visit a site. In this regard, we have not received any such request to seek approval to visit Yala National Park. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka and the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka have agreed on a diplomatic level to facilitate crew members of two French vessels visiting Sri Lanka. Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote to the Secretaries of Health and Tourism on 24.05.2021 informing about the delegation of French crew members arriving in two vessels from June 7 to 11 to visit Sri Lanka under a “Bio-Safety Bubble”,” the SLTDA said.


“As this is a diplomatic delegation, the role of Tourism is limited to coordinating the visit with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy,” the SLTDA added.

 

Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

Sell your vehicle & house fast with hitad.lk only cost is Rs.400, Advertise in Hitad.lk for free to sell your mobile phone. Want to sell your Pet, Advertise for Free in hitad.lk Search for Houses in Sri Lanka and find the best place through Hitad.lk find your best tuition place. Find the best partner for you, visit hitad.lk Find anything at any time hitad.lk.

  Comments - 0

Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

 

Sell your vehicle & house fast with hitad.lk only cost is Rs.400, Advertise in Hitad.lk for free to sell your mobile phone. Want to sell your Pet, Advertise for Free in hitad.lk Search for Houses in Sri Lanka and find the best place through Hitad.lk find your best tuition place. Find the best partner for you, visit hitad.lk Find anything at any time hitad.lk.


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




Order Gifts to Sri Lanka. See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Vegetables, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

 

Sell your vehicle & house fast with hitad.lk only cost is Rs.400, Advertise in Hitad.lk for free to sell your mobile phone. Want to sell your Pet, Advertise for Free in hitad.lk Search for Houses in Sri Lanka and find the best place through Hitad.lk find your best tuition place. Find the best partner for you, visit hitad.lk Find anything at any time hitad.lk.


How a little protest grew to a loud people’s roar

Back in 2019 the Sri Lankan citizenry elected the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime w

Continuing economic crisis in Sri Lanka and its far-reaching repercussions for women and girls

Soap, milk, and wheat are just a few of the necessities that are scarce in Sr

What’s next for the Sri Lankan Economy?

Monday’s briefing by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was a rude awakeni

Who do we subsidize through fuel subsidies?

The economic crisis, the outcome of months of mismanagement by the Gotabaya R