Local News from Sri Lanka: Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, Saudi Arabia’s Speaker of the Shoura Council (Parliament), said effective measures would be taken to build powerful collaboration between Saudi Arabia and the parliaments of Sri Lanka. He said this when, today (September 10), he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the office of the President in Colombo.
The President thanked the Saudi Speaker for providing long-term support through the Saudi Fund for development operations in Sri Lanka. He also thanked Saudi Arabia for helping pilgrims from Muslim Hajj who are visiting Macca. He asked to raise Sri Lanka’s top Hajj Quota.
The Speaker said that steps have been taken by the Saudi government to increase the facilities available to pilgrims, and next year the construction works will be completed. He added that the request of the President would be considered seriously to increase Sri Lanka’s Hajj Quota.
President Sirisena pointed out that there are currently 136,000 Sri Lankans working in Saudi Arabia. Speaker Al-Asheik said that for their effectiveness, Sri Lankan employees are very common in his nation, and his nation would take measures to give Sri Lanka more job possibilities.
Dr. Al-Asheikh said the Kingdom and Sri Lanka shared a comparable objective in the fight against terrorism that was not religiously or racially linked. He lauded bilateral relations between Saudi Lanka and Sri Lanka, which he said under the leadership of the two countries were growing stronger based on cooperation and friendship.
The Speaker said he intended to address a number of problems of common interest between the Shoura Council and the Parliament of Sri Lanka during the visit.
On an invitation from Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker Al-Asheikh arrived in Sri Lanka for an official visit. Also present on this occasion were Secretary to the President, Udya R Seneviratne, Saudi Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdul Nasser Al-Harthy and Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dasanayake.