Sri Lankan students in Belarus advised to return to island via Moscow

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Relations has advised Sri Lankan students in Belarus who wish to temporarily return to Sri Lanka to travel via Moscow and contact the Sri Lanka embassy in Moscow.

As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia escalates with time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Sri Lanka embassy in Moscow which is concurrently accredited to Belarus, continues to monitor the situation in Belarus in the context of recent developments in Ukraine, the government information department said in a statement on Monday (07).

The embassy is in close contact with all universities in Belarus where approximately 1,561 Sri Lankan students are engaged in higher studies, the ministry said.

The ministry further said that, as agreed at several meetings convened by the embassy with the administration of the relevant universities, representatives of students’ associations and parent groups, the embassy is currently engaged in the facilitation of travel to Sri Lanka via Moscow of those students wishing to temporarily return to the island.

“In this regard, the embassy has made arrangements, in liaison with the embassy of the Russian Federation in Belarus, to issue transit visas on an urgent basis for travel via Moscow by such students,” the statement said.

All Sri Lankan students in Belarus wishing to temporarily return to Sri Lanka are advised to travel via Moscow and contact the embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow on +79801445726. (Colombo/Mar07/2022)

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