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Ensure safe passage for students in Belarus – PM

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The Prime Minister made this announcement in response to a request made by the parents of nearly 1,500 Sri Lankan students studying at universities and institutes of higher learning in Belarus.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Kelaniya Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 9, 2020.© REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Kelaniya Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 9, 2020.The efforts with regard to Sri Lankan students in Belarus are currently taking place through the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow, the nearest Lankan embassy to Belarus.

There are fears of a fuel shortage in the world market as Russia is the world’s second biggest producer of oil after Saudi Arabia. Several other oil producing countries have however indicated that they will step in to fill any vacuum by releasing 60 million barrels to the world market. However, the world burns through a staggering 100 million barrels of oil per day.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Gamini Lokuge, Udaya Gammanpila, Johnston Fernando, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Minister of State Kanchana Wijesekera, Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath, Chief Adviser to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Secretaries to Cabinet and State Ministries were present.

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