Saudia Set to Resume Flights to Sri Lanka: Saudi Minister’s Visit Sparks Economic Collaboration
The Minister of Economy and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Alibrahim, has announced the forthcoming resumption of flights to Sri Lanka by Saudia, previously known as Saudi Arabian Airlines. This development, unveiled during his official visit to Sri Lanka from November 26 to 27, 2023, aims to reignite travel opportunities between the two nations.
During his visit, Minister Faisal bin Alibrahim highlighted the potential for Saudi travelers to explore Sri Lanka, emphasizing the benefits this would bring to both countries. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized the significance of this decision, foreseeing a substantial influx of affluent Saudi travelers to the island nation.
Beyond the aviation realm, the Minister engaged in high-level discussions with Foreign Minister Ali Sabry to lay the groundwork for an Economic Roadmap between Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. Encompassing diverse sectors such as trade, investment, energy, tourism, culture, technology, and employment opportunities, particularly in construction, this roadmap aims to solidify cooperation and mutual growth.
The meeting, attended by key Sri Lankan officials including the Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera, State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe, Foreign Affairs State Minister Tharaka Balasuriya, and senior representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, signifies a pivotal step in fostering stronger ties between the two nations.