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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2857

Italian Aid for the Tsunami Recovery still flows to Sri Lanka

Rome, 13 June, ( Counselor Gabriele Ferrari, who is in charge of the safety and Civil Protection policies of the Province of Parma, as well as of the International Relations and Development Cooperation Centre, handed over a fully equipped ambulance to Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Italy , to be shipped to Trincomalee in the Eastern Province.

Counselor Ferrari explained to the Ambassador that though the tsunami has been a great disaster for the Sri Lankan people, it also has some silver lining within the dark cloud, in the form of the strengthening relationships between Italy and Sri Lanka.Delivery of the Ambulance to Ambassador Hemantha WarnakulasuriyaDelivery of the Ambulance to Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya

After the catastrophe, workers of the Parma Province and various other persons got involved in contributing to the fund established by the Provincial Council of Parma. The Provincial Council spent € 65,000 to construct this modern and exclusive ambulance as a gift for Sri Lanka.

After the discussions with the Ambassador, Counselor Ferrari said he was touched by the remarks made by the Ambassador, and was moved by the expression of goodwill, saying that he will instruct the Province to build 3 new schools in the Eastern Province, dedicated to the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people. Within a matter of days, he will submit a proposal to the Ambassador, who will, in consultation with the President’s advisor, Basil Rajapaksa MP, oversee and ensure that the projects are completed within a year.

Hemantha Warnakulasuriya said that the Italians are the most tolerant people in the world, and that most Sri Lankans feel a sense of immense gratitude for the help that the Italians gave during the tsunami.

- Asian Tribune -

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