President Mahinda Rajapaksa has written to the King of Saudi Arabia, appealing for clemency with respect to the Sri Lanka national Rizana Nafeek, who was convicted and is facing execution as an outcome of the case related to the death of an infant entrusted to her care.
The External Affairs Ministry issued a media release detailing the request and added that the Sri Lanka authorities, as well as several well-wishers have been involved in observing the case and facilitating her in coping with her legal issues.
The Ministry of External Affairs noted that Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia maintain excellent bilateral relations. Both countries have approached matters of bilateral and international concern with sensitivity, understanding and flexibility in the past. These sentiments continue to characterise the growing ties between the two countries.
It may be recalled that Rizana Nafeek had arrived from Sri Lanka in Saudi Arabia in April 2005. The unfortunate death of the child took place a month later in May that year.