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

Saudi Arabia donates 223 MT of dates to the Muslims of Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 15 September, ( The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated 223 metric tons of dates to Sri Lanka to be distributed in mosques in the country, the Arab News, the country‘s leading news paper reported.

Riyad Al-Kheneni, charge d’affaires of the mission, formally handed over the dates to Hussein Bhaila, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, at a ceremony held in Colombo on 13 September, Thursday the newspaper said.

Sultan Al-Dhakeil, Deputy Chief of Saudi mission, was present at the function. While thanking the Saudi government for this donation, Bhaila said: “The first portion of the donation of 150 metric tons of dates reached the island three weeks ago and today we received a supplementary shipment of 73 metric tons.”

He added that efforts are under way to distribute these dates to all the mosques throughout the island.

Meanwhile, the World Food Program said Saudi Arabia has given dates worth $2 million to supplement the diet of Afghan children, who lack proper nutrition because of insecurity and disasters prevailing in the country. The 2,000 tons of dates will be given to children in the primary schools.

Insecurity and, conflict, natural disasters such as drought and floods “have had a severe impact on the basic nutritional needs of millions of poor people, especially Afghan children,” WFP said.

- Asian Tribune -

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