Relatives express joy as trapped Lankans in Yemen arrive in Djibouti

Relatives express joy as trapped Lankans in Yemen arrive in Djibouti

Written by Staff Writer

07 Apr, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Forty five (45) Sri Lankans who were stranded in the midst of fighting in Yemen were brought to Djibouti, on Tuesday April 7.

Assistant Director of Public Relations at the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Dinesha Samarasinghe said that 45 Sri Lankans will be brought back to the country by air.

According to the Public Relations Office of the Foreign Employment Bureau, the Sri Lankans were brought to Djibouti at around 4 a.m.

The Deputy Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka Ren Faqiang said that the Chinese Navy assisted in the evacuation at around 12 noon yesterday. He stated that  25 Chinese nationals too were also brought to Djibouti along with the group of Sri Lankans.

He also stated that the Chinese Ambassador in Yemen handed them over to the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Kenya and that they will arrive in Colombo by flight in 1-2 days.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka will help them board a commercial flight and back to Colombo. The SLBFE stated that the Sri Lankans will be brought to the country aboard a passenger aircraft. It was also stated that discussions pertaining to airline tickets and other procedures for air travel are currently underway.

A relative of a Sri Lankan rescued from Yemen,  speaking to News1st over the phone, stated that Sirasa is the reason why they are overwhelmed with happiness He stated

They initiated the rescue process through the media paving the way for us to see our loved ones again.

When we raised queries in this regard from  the Deputy General Manager at the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment,Mangala Randeniya,he stated that efforts are underway to bring the rescued Lankan expatriates back to the country.

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