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* Update: Sri Lanka to bring back Sri Lankan students residing in Wuhan, China at government’s expense
Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 10:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Relations has announced the latest measures taken on the instructions of the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding the Sri Lankans residing in Wuhan, China.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Sri Lankan Airlines to make arrangements to bring back to Sri Lanka the students and family members, presently in the Wuhan province, as soon as they are permitted to travel out of their locations.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has stated that the arrangements for this are being made in consultation with SriLankan Airlines and in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing and the Sri Lanka Consulate General Office in Shanghai.

The Sri Lankan Government will bear the cost of transport, the Ministry said.

Following is the Press Release:

Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing today, submitted an application to land a SriLankan Airlines aircraft in Wuhan city airport to airlift 32 Sri Lankan students including their family members. The Embassy is closely following up with the Foreign Ministry of China and Foreign Affairs Office of the Wuhan Province to expedite the process of obtaining clearance for the landing of the aircraft, as soon as they are allowed to travel out of their present locations.

The Ministry, Embassy and Consulate Generals are also working with the Sri Lankan Airlines in seeking to operationalize instructions to bring back all other Sri Lankan students presently in China. It is estimated that presently approximately 860 students remain in China, spread in various city centers throughout the country.

Meanwhile, the Embassy in Beijing, Consulate Generals in Guangzhou and Shanghai are in constant touch with the Sri Lankan students in Wuhan and other parts of China to provide information with regard to the precautionary measures to be taken to prevent any infection. The Mission and posts have not received any information on any Sri Lankans infected by the Coronavirus.

In order to provide assistance to the Sri Lankan students and professionals living in China who wish to return to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Relations Ministry in collaboration with its Mission in Beijing and Posts in Shanghai and Guangzhou has secured the immediate application of 50% discount on the airfare of Sri Lankan Airlines for its regular flights operating to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. All Sri Lankan citizens who would like to travel to Sri Lanka from China will be able to obtain 50% discount of the marked fare by calling the Sri Lankan Airlines call center on 0094-777771979.

The Mission and the Posts are on a 24-hour operation to provide any assistance for Sri Lankans living in China, their parents and relatives. Information can be received from the Mission by calling the hotline on 0086-10-65321861/2. The following officers can also be contacted for queries about the Sri Lankans living in China and their relatives. The officers can be reached on a 24-hour basis on the following numbers:

Mr. Alexi Gunasekera, Minister (Commercial) Mob. 0086 13070138025

Brig. Kalpa Sanjeewa, Minister Counsellor (Defence) Mob. 0086 13051733302

Mrs. Inoka Weerasinghe, Second Secretary Mob. 0086 15116905523

Mrs. Thilini Gunaratne, Second Secretary Mob. 0086 13121722296

Mrs. Manorie Mallikaratchy, the Consul General of Shanghai can be contacted on 0086 13472771702 or Mrs. Geetha Perera, Attaché on 0086 159 0094 6639 to obtain information regarding Sri Lankans living in Shanghai, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Hunan.

Mrs. Priyangika Dharmasena, the Consul General of Guangzhou can be contacted on 0086 18814134670 or Mrs. U.K.G.Roshini, Attaché on 0086 13902301874 for information regarding the Sri Lankans living in Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, Guangxi, Jiangxi.

 

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