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External Affairs Minister meets Saudi envoy on torture issue

Sep 1, 2010 4:14:55 AM - itnnews.lk

Minister G.L Peiris has met the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Colombo Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman Al Jammaz today and discussed the issue concerning the torture of a Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia.

According to the External Affairs Ministry, Minister Pieris had sought the Saudi Ambassador’s intervention in the dispensation of justice to the victim who had 24 nails inserted in her body by her Saudi employer.The Ministry of External Affairs said it is closely following up on the case of L. Ariyawathi, and Ambassador Ahamed Jawad, Sri Lanka’s Envoy in Riyadh, on the instructions of the Ministry, is taking up this matter with the Saudi authorities, urging them to secure expeditious investigation and justice for the victim.

The External Affairs Ministry said a delegation from the Foreign Employment Bureau is currently visiting Riyadh, led by its Chairman Kingsely Ranawaka, will assist Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Riyadh in making representations on behalf of Ms. Ariyawathi to the relevant authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.