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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Sri Lanka dispatched urgent relief items to China

Colombo, 26 May, (Asiantribune.co0m): Urgent relief items dispatched by Sri Lanka to China have arrived in Chedugu, Capital city of Sichuan Province yesterday morning. On last 12th May Sichuan Province was affected by an earthquake.

In the Earthquake of 12th May, the official figures as of May 25, stated that 62,664 people were are confirmed dead, including 62,161 in Sichuan province, and 358,816 injured, with 23,775 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people homeless. It was the deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed at least 240,000 people.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama officially handed over the relief items to the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ye Dabo at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 24 May. Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr Palitha T B Kohona was also associated in the function at the airport. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama officially handed over the relief items to the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ye Dabo at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 24 May. Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr Palitha T B Kohona was also associated in the function at the airport.

In an effort to help the earthquake affected the people of Sichuan province Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama, handed over the relief items to the earthquake victims of Sichuan Province of China to the Ambassador of China in Sri Lanka, Mr Ye Dabo, at the Colombo International Airport on 24 May to be dispatched by a SriLankan Airlines Special Flight leaving to China.

The relief items which amounted approximately SLRs 120 million included of medical equipment and medicines worth in excess of SLRs 60 million. Also the relief items included over 1,250 tents, which could accommodate over 10,000 earthquake victims to an extended length of time. The relief consignment further consisted of garments and tea among others.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama officially handed over the relief items to the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ye Dabo at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 24 May. Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona and other senior officials of the Foreign Ministry also participated in this event. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama officially handed over the relief items to the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ye Dabo at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 24 May. Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona and other senior officials of the Foreign Ministry also participated in this event.

The SriLankan Airlines Special Flight has already landed in Chengdu yesterday 25th May morning, which is the capital city of Sichuan Province in China and the relief items has bee formally handed over to the authorities in China. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China too was present at the handing over event of the relief material to the authorities in China along with the Sri Lankan delegation which consisted of the Additional Secretary to President and Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Board of Investment and Sri Lanka Ports Authority as well as medical doctors from the Ministry of Health among others.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama said at the handing over ceremony at the Colombo International Airport that more humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake in China is expected from the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. He, further, added that within a space of 48 hours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could organize and co-ordinate with the relevant institutions and cooperate as well as dispatch through SriLankan Airlines most urgent relief material to the victims of the earthquake in China. He also added that the response for assistance to the earthquake victims in China, from both the corporate sector and the public sector in Sri Lanka, was receptive and heartening. Minister Bogollagama also emphasized the close relations the two countries have maintained for the last several centuries and said that this modest gesture of goodwill would be a manifestation of the affable and congenial relations continued with the two countries at this time.

The Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka, Mr Ye Dabo, said at the handing over ceremony at the Colombo International Airport that these relief goods extended by the Government and the people of Sri Lanka would reflect the profound friendship and sentiments of the Sri Lankan people to the Chinese people. The Ambassador added that the President, Prime Minister, Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Senior Political Leaders, Buddhist Societies and clergy and people from all walks of life have expressed their deep condolences over the victims of the earthquake of 12th of May 2008 in Sichuan Province.

The Ambassador also expressed in his remarks, referring to Sri Lanka that “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. Ambassador Dabo extended his gratitude, on behalf of the Government and the people of China, to Minister Bogollagama for expeditiously organizing the dispatching of these vital relief materials to China in such short spell of time and thanked the Foreign Minister for all the assistance extended in this regard. He concluded his remarks by expressing the deep appreciation of the Government and the People of China and added that “the Chinese people and the Sri Lankan people will stand by each other and support each other in all circumstances, because we have been true friends and good neighbors for so many centuries”.

Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Palitha T B Kohona and Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Board of Investment, Embassy of China in Colombo and other institutions were present along with the electronic and print media.

- Asian Tribune -

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