Saudi Envoy promises more jobs for skilled Lankans


Newly-appointed Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Khalid bin Hamoud Nasser Aldasam Alkahtani, said his main task would be to increase job opportunities in his country for skilled Sri Lankan workers.

The Ambassador, who called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena recently, said within a short period the number of Sri Lankan skilled and semi-skilled workers in Saudi Arabia could be increased to 400,000 from the present 180,000.

“I am fond of Sri Lanka and I will do my best to support your country,” he assured.

Prime Minister Gunawardena urged the new Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to assist Sri Lanka’s efforts to face the economic and fuel crisis.

The Prime Minister said the newly introduced relaxed visa regulations and investment facilitation schemes of Board of Investment will help to attract more Saudi investors to Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister said Saudi Arabia has the opportunity to invest in energy, fisheries, and agricultural sectors. He thanked the Ambassador for the support and assistance provided to Sri Lanka under renewed assistance programmes of the Saudi Development Fund as well as to help early recovery from the economic crisis.

They also discussed plans for tourism promotion and recommencing of Saudia flights to Sri Lanka.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake and Naqeeb Mowlana of the Saudi-Sri Lanka Friendship Association were also present during the meeting.