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Sri Lanka suspends sending workers to Libya

2014 Apr 24

Sri Lanka on Wednesday suspended sending workers to Libya due to the volatile situation in that country.

Measures are also been taken to bring back some 20 Sri Lankans employed in Libya, the Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau said.

Deputy General Manager of the bureau, Mangala Randeniya, said that some 20 Sri Lankans are working legally in Libya and they will be flown back to Sri Lanka as soon as possible.

The External Affairs Ministry had earlier informed the Foreign Employment Bureau that the current situation in Libya is not conducive for Sri Lankans to continue working there.

Randeniya said that based on the advice given by the External Affairs Ministry, a decision had been taken to suspend sending Sri Lankns to Libya for employment. "Foreign Employment Minister Dilan Perera had issued instructions to suspend sending Sri Lankans to work in Libya until further notice,"Randeniya said.

He said that the public have been advised not to make any payments towards obtaining employment in Libya until the situation improves.

Cases of assassinations and kidnappings targeting politicians, security officials and their family members have increased in Libya as authorities attempt to crack down on armed groups.

Recently, a Jordanian diplomatic convoy in Tripoli, Libya was attacked and Jordanian ambassador was abducted.

The UN Security Council had meanwhile called on the international community to support Libya's transition to a peaceful and prosperous democracy.

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