Sri Lankan Ambassador in Riyadh Azmi Thassim presents a copy of the magazine to Minister of Labor and Social Development Ali Al-Ghafis at the headquarters of the ministry of Riyadh recently .

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Book on Sri Lanka launched in Saudi Arabia

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Riyadh released a 110 - page colorful magazine to highlight its potentials to  the Arab world.

A copy of the magazine was presented to the Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis by the island’s ambassador in Riyadh Azmi Thassim recently at the headquarters of the ministry of Riyadh.

The book was informally launched at Sri Lankan 70th anniversary of national and independence day attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal Bin Bandar held at the Tuwaiq Palace in Riyadh recently.

“ The magazine was prepared by the mission to mark the 70th anniversary of the national and independence day of the country to tell the Arab world about the importance of the island which has had Muslim influence for  more than 2,500 years ago,” Ambassador Thassim told Riyadh Daily  here.

The book which is published in Arabic and in English, carries the images of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, Labor and Social Development Minister Ali-Al-Ghafis and Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal Bin Bandar.

The edition also  includes  messages from the country’s President Maithripala Sirisena, Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapane, Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment, Talatha Atukorale, Ambassador Thassim and Consul General in Jeddah A W A Salam.

Photographs of the ambassadors who held office since 1981, when the mission was first established in Jeddah . The first ambassador was M R M Thassim was the father of present ambassador Azmi Thassim.

The highlights of the magazine include, tourism, wildlife,  scuba diving, investment opportunities in the island, country’s cuisines, festivals , Ayurveda and indigenous medicines, island’s export products including tea, rubber  coconut and gems and availability of skilled workers.

Thassim said Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for family holiday and honeymooners. The Saudi tourists to the island has been increasing in the recent past which has already reached a mark of around 38,000.

He said Saudis are given on arrival visas at the Colombo airport. However, he added that they can avail themselves on the online services and also visas could be issued at the Sri Lanka missions in Riyadh and Jeddah.

He pointed out that the country has a diverse range of attractions which include scenic beaches, Ayurveda medicine, sports and adventures and wildlife.

Saudi tourists will feel homely in Sri Lanka because of its friendly people, availability of halal food and the presence of Muslims worshipping places in all parts of the island, Thassim said.

Being home to the largest Sri Lankan workforce in the Middle East , the envoy concluded saying that Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia have a mutual beneficial bilateral relationship which is poised to deepen in the future, especially in the areas of trade, investment, labor and cultural cooperation.  

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