Sri Lanka to seek UN assistance to ensure safety of expats in Yemen

Sri Lanka to seek UN assistance to ensure safety of expats in Yemen

Sri Lanka to seek UN assistance to ensure safety of expats in Yemen

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

29 Mar, 2015 | 12:48 pm

The Ministry of foreign affairs has requested the assistance of the United Nations (UN) in-order to repatriate Sri Lankans who have been stranded in Yemen due to the recent violence in the country.

Acting Minister of Forign Affairs Ajith P. Perera stated that the Government plans to enlist the assitance of the Indian Navy for this purpose as well.

On Saturday (March 28th) News1st revealed that around 120 Sri Lankans have been caught up in the recent violence in Yemen. According to the relatives of the expats, they are currently taking refuge in an area close to the Yemeni Capital of Sanaa.

The expats are believed to residents of Kandana, Gampaha, Dompe, Piliyandala, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Their releatives have called on the Government to intervene and ensure safe return of their loves ones.

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