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Sri Lankan Envoy to Saudi Arabia Has Not Been Recalled as Announced by Govt -Ranjan Ramanayake MP

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Camelia Nathaniel

Despite the government claiming to have recalled Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Aflal Jawad, as an immediate reaction to the execution of Rizana Nafeek on 9 January, he is still serving in Saudi as the Ambassador, United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian, Ranjan Ramanayake, charged yesterday.

“The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Jawad has not been recalled and is still serving in that post. This is another big lie by Minister Dilan Perera and the official of the Foreign Employment Bureau,” Ramanayake told Ceylon Today.

He added Jawad had told foreign media that he had asked for an extension of three months, and that there was no need for him to be removed as he had done nothing wrong. “This is just another attempt by the minister and Foreign Employment Bureau officials to hoodwink the people.

They are trying to save face as they could not take action against the Saudi Government, although Rizana was executed on the grounds that she was 23 years at the time of the crime, according to her passport. Hence, it is the fault of the government for allowing people to be sent for foreign employment on forged passports,” he said.

However, when Ceylon Today contacted Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, K. Amunugama, regarding these allegations, he said there was absolutely no truth to the charges. “The letter recalling the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia has already been sent and he will be here soon.”COURTESY:CEYLON TODAY