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Japan to support Sri Lanka for economic programme: envoy Hideaki

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Japan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mizukoshi Hideaki, said on Friday that Japan is ready to support Sri Lanka for its economic program with the

In a statement, the President’s Media Division said that during the discussion between the Japanese Ambassador and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Hideaki said that continuous efforts will be made to further strengthen economic, social and cultural exchanges with island nations, Daily Mirror Online reported. .

During the discussion, Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa expressed his deep gratitude to Japan for its support to Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Japanese Embassy, ​​in a statement posted on its FaceBook page, said Japan is paying close attention to the current difficult economic situation in Sri Lanka and the accompanying severe humanitarian situation.

“In view of such a situation, the Japanese government has decided to provide emergency assistance of three (3) million dollars through UNICEF and WFP to provide medicine and food for “in a way that would directly benefit the people of Sri Lanka. Japan sincerely hopes that this assistance will be helpful in overcoming the difficulties faced by the people of Sri Lanka, a long-time friend of Japan,” the embassy said as quoted by the Daily Mirror Online.

The statement further added that the Japanese government wishes to consider its additional contribution to Sri Lanka in consultation with the government of Sri Lanka and other development partners while paying attention to the situation in Sri Lanka and the progress of negotiations between Sri Lanka Lanka and the IMF. Also earlier, Japan had come forward and helped Sri Lanka. Even Japan had joined Sri Lanka in resolving the crisis in Sri Lanka.

The two countries reached the agreement after the May 24 meeting on the sidelines of the powerful regional grouping, the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue” (QSD) meeting, Colombo Gazette reported.

“They also discussed the situation in Sri Lanka and confirmed that they would cooperate with each other in light of the current economic crisis and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country,” the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement. a statement.

In early May, the Japanese government came forward to help Sri Lanka by providing $1.5 million for the purchase of essential drugs through UNICEF to meet the urgent needs of the population.

The $1.5 million contribution will help UNICEF provide medicine to more than 1.2 million people, including 53,000 pregnant women and nearly 122,000 children in immediate need, Colombo Page reported.

Japan’s Deputy Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Katsuki Kotaro, said: “It is a great honor for us that Japan is extending $1.5 million in emergency aid to the people of Sri Lanka to procure the 25 types of drugs most needed in the next two months. through UNICEF. We believe this will help improve access to essential life-saving medical services, especially for pregnant women and children, who are most likely to be affected by the economic crisis.

Currently, Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of citizens.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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