Sri Lanka has recalled its envoy to Saudi Arabia to protest the execution of a young maid from the country even as the media here lamented the government’s failure to prevent Riyadh from going ahead with the action.

Sri Lanka recalled its ambassador, Ahamed Javad, with immediate effect on Thursday in the aftermath of the execution of a Sri Lankan maid despite an appeal by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“This (recalling the envoy) was to show our displeasure regarding the execution of Rizana Nafeek despite repeated appeals from the highest levels of government,” External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunarathne Amunugama was quoted s saying by Daily Mirror newspaper.

The Sri Lankan mission in Riyadh, however, would continue to operate.PTI