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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Why our heads of states won't visit countries which help us?

By S.H.Moulana

Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Fund for Development has been operating in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years, and recently it funded for a 10-story, 242-bed hospital for epileptics in Colombo at a cost of $26.7 million.

It has also pledged $ 300 million in aid – not loan – to Sri Lanka for water supply projects and agricultural, education and health sector development.

Saudi tourists keep increasing every year and there were over 50,000 Saudi nationals visited Sri Lanka in year 2017.

U.A.E another G.C.C member country, helped to build the first ever – resettlement city in Mannar for Sri Lankan displaced persons. This new facility goes beyond being a mere group of new houses to integrate many infrastructures of a small city. It consists of 120 houses a shopping complex, a community hall a place for worship.

Apart from these aids we get from all GCC countries they have provided employment for well over 625,559 Sri Lankan men and women, who annually remit a staggering US $ 7 billion. This is the largest foreign exchange earning source to Sri Lanka.

Having all these benefits from the GCC countries has anyone of our heads of state ever ventured to visit these countries? Sadly, no.

During my 44 years in the gulf I have always been looking forward to see it happens but sadly it disappointed me year after year.

They didn’t even think of those Lankan expats who remit US $ 7 annually to their motherland. However, we see them frequently flying to destinations where they get nothing but just self-pleasure and which did no good for the country in anyway.

Quite contrary to our heads of state, we see every other day a head of state from a country in the west or east arriving in Riyadh or any other GCC capital.

After winning the US presidency, Donald Trump chose Riyadh as his first city to visit.

We also see the frequent arrivals of his top officials in Riyadh.

We are really disappointed with our heads of state the way they have cold shouldered the countries which helped Sri Lanka generously with no string attached.

- Asian Tribune -

US presidency, Donald Trump chose Riyadh as his first city to visit
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