Muscat: Asoka Girihagama, Sri Lanka's ambassador in Oman, was recalled by the Lankan government on July 30, one month before the end of his term, an embassy official in Muscat said.
"The ambassador was recalled by the Lankan External Affairs Ministry. We have not been told about the reason behind the recall. His term was officially due to end on August 31, but he was recalled on July 30. We don't know when the new ambassador will come," an embassy official told Times of Oman.
The first communication from the Sri Lankan government to recall the ambassador had been issued earlier in July, but no specific date had been mentioned.
However, a second communication had been sent directing the ambassador to return by the end of July.
1.8 million workers
According to reports, there are 1.8 million migrant workers from Sri Lanka, mostly working in the Middle East, with around 30,000 employed in Oman. Of those in the Sultanate, 17,000 are working as housemaids.
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