Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Saudi Shoura Council speaker pledges to increase Hajj quota for Sri Lankans

:: The speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, said on Monday that he would look into resolving issues faced by Sri Lankans in Saudi Arabia and the possibility of increasing the Hajj quota for the island nation

Prayers mark one month since Sri Lanka bombings

:: Hundreds of Catholics prayed outside the bombed St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo on Tuesday, marking one month since the Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka. The faithful lit candles and offered prayers even as

Sri Lanka president suspends police chief over Easter attacks

:: Sri Lanka’s president suspended the chief of police on Monday and appointed a new defense secretary in a shake-up of the shell-shocked country’s security services following the Easter Sunday terror attacks. Intelligence warnings from abroad alerting to possible attacks

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister to visit China

:: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will pay an official visit to China from October 29 to November 4 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, a spokesperson said here on Thursday. “It is Marapana’s first official

Sri Lanka signs $1.1 bln China port deal amid local, foreign concerns

:: Sri Lanka signed a long delayed $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease its southern Hambantota port to China ignoring an appeal by opposition parties to debate the pact in parliament. The deal was signed between the two state

Sri Lankan monks vow to thwart any govt deal with Tamil minority

:: Sri Lanka’s hard-line monks on Monday broadened a growing campaign by the Buddhist clergy against the government, threatening street protests if the island’s Tamil minority is granted greater autonomy. Radical monk Maagalkande Sudaththa said hard-line Buddhists were mobilizing Sri

Sri Lanka arrests monk, policeman over hate crimes

:: Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday arrested a police officer and a Buddhist monk accused of leading an arson attack against a mosque and a Muslim business amid a wave of religious violence. Deputy Inspector-General Priyantha Jayakody said the policeman,

Sri Lanka offers fresh probes into missing thousands

Maithripala Sirisena

:: Sri Lanka’s president announced Saturday new investigations into alleged secret detention centers as part of a drive to find tens of thousands of people still missing after the country’s decades-long war. Maithripala Sirisena said he would establish a mechanism

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for submarine visit — officials

:: Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month, two senior government officials said on Thursday as the Indian prime minister landed in the island nation. Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese

Garbage piles up in Sri Lanka’s capital

Hundreds of tons of rotting garbage piled up in Sri Lanka’s capital Tuesday after the main rubbish dump was shut following an accident that killed at least 30 people. Authorities sealed the massive 300-foot (90-meter) rubbish mountain on the northeastern

China remains world’s biggest executioner: Amnesty

Salil Shetty

China executed more people last year than the rest of the world combined, Amnesty said Tuesday, defying a global decline with thousands of killings that have disproportionately targeted poor citizens. Even as executions have dropped by more than a third

Sri Lanka navy arrests 6 Indian drug smugglers

Sri Lanka’s navy Sunday arrested six Indians trying to smuggle 13.5 kilograms (29.7 pounds) of heroin across the narrow strip of sea dividing the two countries, a spokesman said. The suspects were disguised as fishermen, navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge said.

War crime probes ‘will hinder Sri Lanka’s reconciliation’

War crime investigations backed by some Western countries and the UN will exacerbate the differences between Sri Lanka’s two main ethnic groups instead of uniting them, former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. As defense secretary, Gotabaya, the brother of former

Saudi Arabia pledges technical support to Lanka in desalination projects

Saudi Arabia has pledged to support Sri Lanka by offering its expertise in the desalination sector, Rauf Hakeem, Sri Lankan minister of city planning and water resources, told Arab News. Hakeem met with his counterpart, Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen

Sri Lanka creates panel to stem sexual abuse of women

Sri Lanka will set up a special panel to tackle widespread sexual abuse and exploitation of women including thousands of war widows, the government said Wednesday. The establishment of a new National Commission on Women comes amid warnings that women

Janadriyah a must for anyone interested in Kingdom, says Sri Lankan guest of king

Rizmi Reyal

A Sri Lankan guest of King Salman at this year’s Janadriyah festival told News Agency the annual event is a must for anyone interested in a glimpse of Saudi Arabia. “As the guests of the king, we were well looked

Labor pact with Sri Lanka safeguards rights of both parties, says new CG

Recruitment of labor from Sri Lanka enjoys a smooth sail following the recent agreement between the Kingdom and the island, Sri Lanka’s Consul General Faizer Mackeen said in Jeddah on Thursday. The consul general was speaking to Arab News soon

For durable peace in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is to have a new constitution. The aim, we are told, is to grant greater political power to the island’s Tamil minority with a view to preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and

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