Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia to work on exit permits for stranded workers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia will work on providing exit permits for stranded expatriate workers, and the health minister had assured of emergency medical care for those sheltering at the embassy, following a visit by Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva, a statement said.

Deputy Minister de Silva met Saudi Labour Minister Mofarrej Saad Al- Hoqubani and Deputy Interior Minister Ahmed Al Salem when he visited the country from May 1 to 4.

Both ministers had agreed to "devise a mechanism for arranging exit permits to ensure early repatriation of stranded persons to Sri Lanka," the statement said.

Deputy Minister de Silva had also requested to periodically share details of Sri Lankan workers employed in Saudi Arabia so that urgent assistance could be given to those who need it.

Deputy Minister de Silva had also met Minister of Social ‎Affairs Abdulaziz Majed bin Abdullah Al Qasby and Deputy Minster for Public Health Abdulaziz Abdullah Bin Saeed.

Sri Lanka had received assurances that hospital access would be provided to stranded workers sheltering at the embassy when they face medical emergencies.


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