– Daily News – 13th November 2009
A special Sri Lankan delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Bhaila will visit Saudi Arabia shortly to look into the welfare of a group of Sri Lankan workers reportedly roughing out under the Kandahar Bridge and make arrangements to bring them back through legal and diplomatic intervention, Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Kehiliya Rambukwella said. He said according to reports this group included nearly 300 Sri Lankans.
The Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia is taking steps to provide them with required facilities. Sri Lankans had been found living under this bridge after losing their employment for various reasons earlier too and the Saudi Government had taken steps to send them back to Sri Lanka after the necessary legal procedure, he said.