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Library open for Lankans in Riyadh

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia opened a library for stranded housemaids in Riyadh on Saturday.

The library located in the mission's safe house meant for the housemaids, will enable its inmates to spend their leisure in reading books and magazines. Books were donated by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, (SLBFE) which looks after the interests of the island's overseas workers.

Around 2,000 books including novels, magazines and newspapers were displayed in the reading room of the safe house.

The library was opened to mark International Migrants Day, which was observed last week throughout the globe, labour counsellor of the embassy Anura Muthumala told the Daily News on Monday.

He said the arrangement was made on an initiative of the SLBFE.

Prior to their departure for overseas employment, Lankans are expected to register with the SLBFE,which has its offices in the major cities of the country.

Last year, the official said, the country received around $4.1 billion in foreign remittances from Sri Lankan overseas workers.

He said around 500,000 Lankan workers are in Saudi Arabia.

 

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