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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 - 19:57
Government says no dispute with Qatar, Saudi Arabia kicks out Qatar Airways
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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka stated in a communiqué today that it has not informed local commercial banks not to accept Qatar Riyal.

However, Reuter News reported today that 4 commercial banks in Sri Lanka have stopped exchanging Qatar money.

Meanwhile, Qatar Riyal has been depreciated to 39 rupees 9 cents today from 40 rupees yesterday.

BBC also reported that leading money exchange institutions in Colombo rejected to exchange Qatar Riyal after 4 Gulf countries cut diplomatic ties with Doha.

Meanwhile, passengers who returned to the island from Qatar were inconvenienced as exchange of Qatar Riyal was suspended this morning. At the same time, an anonymous official attached to a state bank inside the airport said limited quantity of Qatar Riyal was exchanged this morning.

In addition to Saudi Arabia; Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirate, Yemen and Libya also cut diplomatic ties with Qatar charging that Qatar is supporting terrorist groups.

Several Gulf based airlines including Emirates and Etihad have stopped flights to Doha soon after the countries cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar.

However, media spokesman of Sri Lankan Airline Deepal Perera said the national career is making its flights to Doha as usual.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Qatar A.S.P. Liyanage told our news team that over 150 thousand Sri Lanka expatriates in Qatar should not panic over the situation.

The Ambassador also informed the families of Sri Lanka expatriates in Qatar to call him personally on 00 974 55 56 49 36 if anyone needs further information about their relatives.

At the same time, Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala said that crisis in Qatar has not caused any inconvenience to Sri Lankan expatriates.
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