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Monday, April 07, 2014 - 6.05 GMT

SL embassy in Riyadh extends mobile services


The Sri Lankan embassy in Riyadh will extend its mobile services to the Northern parts of the Kingdom.

"Our mobile services were only confined to the Eastern Province but because of the growing demand we want to extend it to Hail and Buraidah in the Northern parts of the Kingdom," Sri Lankan Ambassador in Riyadh Vadivel Krishnamoorthy said.

He said there is a regular flow of Sri Lankan workers to the Kingdom while they are spread throughout the Kingdom.

"We want to take our services to their doorstep," Krishnamoorthy added.

According to Daily News, some 450,000 Sri Lankans are in the Kingdom, which is the largest concentration of the island's workforce in the 1.5 million workforce in the Middle East.

Asked about the problem of runaway housemaids, the Ambassador said it has been reduced greatly following the end of the amnesty period.

Krishnamoorthy also pointed out that a number of infants born in the Kingdom lack citizenship due to non-availability of new contact details of the applicant for a considerable time.

"However, any Sri Lankan can dial the toll free number 80011880050 to make arrangement for citizenship certificates." Krishnamoorthy said Sri Lankans working in the Middle East sent home $ 2.5 billion in 2010 a "significant portion of which comes from the 450,000 Sri Lankans working in the Kingdom."

Around one-third of Sri Lanka's 1.5 million overseas workers live in the Kingdom, he said. He said that the Sri Lankans had earned a name for discipline, sincerity, being talented, hardworking and law-abiding residents in the Kingdom.





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