The Government has at present evacuated 54 Sri Lankans from Yemen, states the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
43 Sri Lankans were evacuated to Djibouti by a Chinese vessel on 6 April 2015, while India and Indonesia each evacuated 3 Sri Lankans. Previously, 5 Sri Lankans who had crossed over to Oman, from Mukalla were received in Salalah by officials of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman, who facilitated their return to Sri Lanka, the Ministry further said.
An operational center was set-up in Djibouti by the Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Nairobi to coordinate evacuation and repatriation of Sri Lankans.
29 Sri Lankans arrived in Colombo from Djibouti yesterday (8). The Minister of Foreign Employment and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs received them at the airport.
“The Government appreciates the ready assistance of the Chinese Government and all other Governments who are assisting in the evacuation efforts,” the Ministry added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is coordinating closely with the Ministry of Foreign Employment and the Foreign Employment Bureau to bring back the remaining Sri Lankans.