Diplomatic ties with Bahrain from next month


By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Sri Lanka would open a new Embassy in Baharain next month to formalise the diplomatic relations with the Gulf state, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) Chairman Amal Senalankadikara said yesterday.

He said that the government had taken the decision to serve the country’s expatriates, numbering over 25,000, employed in that country.

The Sri Lankan Government has appointed R. M. A. Rajakaruna as the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to Bahrain and it is expected that with the establishment of the new Embassy, Sri Lankans in Bahrain will have access to consulate services and several other services.

Currently, mobile consular services in Bahrain are being carried out with the assistance of diplomats from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait.

Senalankadikara pointed out that the setting up of an embassy in Bahrain came following a request by Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera.

The annual Sri Lankan worker outflow to Bahrain is in the range of 5,000 to 6,000. However, in 2011 it was 5,429, that included 2,823 housemaids and 1,723 male laboures. In 2012 4,411 person left for Bahrain comprising 2,941 housemaids and 1,470 male labourers.

Around 276,739 people had left the country for foreign employments in 2012.

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