RIYADH | Thursday September 19, 2019 | NewsLanka | Sri Lanka Embassy in Saudi Arabia – Mission News | by Claude Gunasekera | Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka have agreed to have bilateral cooperation in space technology and discussions will begin in Colombo soon. Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim said “this technological cooperation will be mutually beneficial for both countries”. Ambassador Thassim initiaited the proposal with Prince Sultan Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Chairman of the Saudi Space Commission and explained the recent achievements made by Sri Lanka in space technology including the recent launch of Raavana-1 micro satellite.
Prince Sultan expressed his wishes to send an expert technical team to Sri Lanka to further discuss on this subject with his counterparts. Prince Sultan affectionately recalled his close collaboration with late Sir. Arthur C. Clerk and his visit to the Saudi Kingdom in 1988 and stated that Sir.Clerk remains among his mentors in space technology. He also mentioned that from the establishment of the Saudi Space Agency, he was focusing to develop potential links with nations on space science, such as Sri Lanka.
Prince Sultan is the first Saudi Arabian national as well as the first Muslim to fly in space when he flew aboard of the American STS-51-G Discovery Space Shuttle mission in 1985.
Minister Counsellor, Madhuka Wickramarachchi, Second Secretary Fazil Farook and Desk Officer/ Bilateral Affairs, Abdul Latif Jabeer accompanied the Ambassador at the meeting.