KUWAIT CITY, Apr 26: The Sri Lankan government has appealed to its Kuwaiti counterpart to extend the amnesty period granted to Sri Lankan residents of non-residence residency until May 30.
The appeal was made by Sri Lankan Minister of External Relations Dinesh Gunawardena during his meeting with the Kuwaiti ambassador to Colombo Khalaf Bohdhir yesterday.
The SLBFE also announced in a statement that it had sent an official petition to the Government of Kuwait, appealing to it to reconsider the period of the amnesty period granted to Sri Lankans, in particular those who violate residence, in order to surrender themselves in preparation for their deportation without paying fines.
The statement praised the generosity of the Kuwaiti amnesty, which drops all fines for violators who turn themselves in, as well as giving them the possibility to return to Kuwait in the future.
The Ministry of the Interior had received only 320 expatriates of Sri Lankan citizenship out of 16,000 violators