Repatriation of amnesty beneficiaries from Kuwait to commence on Tuesday

Repatriation of amnesty beneficiaries from Kuwait to commence on Tuesday

Repatriation of amnesty beneficiaries from Kuwait to commence on Tuesday

Written by Zulfick Farzan

18 May, 2020 | 5:49 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Sri Lankans who have sought to benefit from the Amnesty declared by the Kuwaiti Government for Sri Lankans who are out of status will commence repatriation on Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministry said Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who had a telephone discussion with his Kuwaiti Counterpart Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah today agreed on the first batch of returnees, numbering approximately 460 will arrive on two Kuwaiti Airways flights on Tuesday 19 May 2020.

The Foreign Minister also said the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait will verify and issue emergency travel documents to those Sri Lankan nationals who will qualify for the Amnesty when the Kuwaiti government reopens for them to register.

The general Amnesty enables those out of status to leave with no consequences, and also to return to Kuwait for work in a legal manner.

Minister Gunawardena assured his Kuwaiti counterpart the government of Sri Lanka is committed to facilitating future repatriation of amnesty beneficiaries in Kuwait, consistent with previous practice.

However, Sri Lanka would require to coordinate it carefully in a manner that is consistent with the availability of space in quarantine centers, which are limited.

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