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No postponement but slight delay in repatriation flights: FM

26 August 2020 02:22 pm - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


There is no postponement, but a slight delay in the repatriation flights scheduled for Sri Lankan migrants residing in the Middle East, a Foreign Ministry (FM) official said today.

Director General East Asia Kandeepan Balasubramaniam of the Foreign Ministry's focal point on COVID -19 Action speaking to the Daily Mirror said that there is no postponement of scheduled repatriation flights.

“There is no postponement but a slight delay, in order to reduce the pressure on local quarantine facilities. Even this week repatriation flights are due to arrive in Sri Lanka as scheduled,” he said.

Mr. Balasubramaniam said that the first repatriation flight from Israel scheduled for this week, has been rescheduled to arrive on September 3, noting that it was the only change in the schedule thus far.

A letter issued by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Tel-Aviv said that the Government of Sri Lanka had informed the Embassy of indefinite postponement of scheduled repatriation flights for the Middle East.

The Embassy informing Sri Lankan migrants willing to return to the country said that the decision was taken due to limited quarantine facilities.

The Embassy also requested the Sri Lankan migrants to remain calm until a new date is announced for the repatriation flight.

Mr. Balasubramaniam said that a periodical meeting of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) to be held this evening would deliberate this matter further. (Kalani Kumarasinghe)

  Comments - 3

  • Punchi banda Wednesday, 26 August 2020 05:13 PM

    Many of them are Sri Lankans from Buddhist paradise Sri Lanka illegally working for the rich Muslim Arabs. Militant shinhala Buddhism has resulted in a nation of beggars maids and coolies

    FF Wednesday, 26 August 2020 08:41 PM


    angel Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:12 PM

    Please inform us what Foreign Employment Bureau is doing to help the migrant workers who have lost jobs, without money and food and wanting to come back. Has all embassies and consulates being advised to take care of them free of charge. All workers pay insurance on departure and have not yet received any benefit. Please use that money to repatriate them and until such time to provide them with board and lodging and food please. Please issue an official statement to this regard. Thank you.

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