Sri Lanka wants travel advisories lifted

COLOMBO, Nov. 3 (APD) – Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, on Saturday, said that there was no justification for travel advisories issued by a few...

COLOMBO, Nov. 3 (APD) – Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, on Saturday, said that there was no justification for travel advisories issued by a few countries against Sri Lanka this week.

He said the travel advisories were not required since there have been no incidents of violence or disruption in the country following the recent events.

He said the Tourism sector has not been subject to any inconvenience.

Sri Lanka is embroiled in a political crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister.

The Minister said that since the assumption of his present portfolio this week he had instructed all Heads of Sri Lanka Missions overseas to personally make representation to the authorities concerned in their countries of accreditation in order to remove the travel advisories, to be in keeping with the ground realities in Sri Lanka.

He said they will also maintain regular interaction with the leading Travel Agents/ Outbound Tour Operators  in their respective capitals to brief them on the peaceful situation prevailing in the island with a view to promoting arrivals.

The Minister said that he planned to make Tourism Promotion a main aspect of the Foreign Ministry’s work programme.

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