Over 150,000 Sri Lankans are employed in Qatar and Jayasekera said Sri Lanka will hold talks with other countries on the crisis and decide on the way forward.Jayasekera also said that there was no move to suspend accepting the Qatar currency as a result of the crisis in the Gulf region. (Colombo Gazette) The United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut on Monday diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf state of supporting and financing “terrorism” as well as interfering in their internal affairs. Cabinet discussed the situation in the Gulf following the Qatar crisis, Cabinet co-spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekera said today.He said that the matter was discussed after Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake briefed the cabinet on the developments in the Gulf region. Later on the day, Yemen, the Maldives and Libya’s eastern-based Government also decided to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar.
According to the spokesman, a large truck carrying timber and three cars accompanying it were stopped on Thursday evening outside Pec in western Kosovo. Among the weapons seized were 52 rocket launchers, five anti-aircraft surface-to-air missiles and a dozen anti-tank rocket launchers. Seven people were arrested and held for questioning, the spokesman said.Meanwhile, the number of ethnic Albanians arriving in Kosovo from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia stood at nearly 9,000, but daily arrivals had dwindled to between 350 and 400 people a day, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. Some of those arriving in Kosovo alleged that Macedonian border police were charging money for allowing them to leave, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said today in Geneva. UNHCR was discussing the allegations with the Skopje Government.There were also reports of ethnic Albanian separatists preventing villagers from leaving their homes in mountainous areas, but such reports could not be confirmed independently, the spokesman said. Villagers interviewed by UNHCR said some people stayed behind to keep an eye on their property. read more