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Indonesia provides humanitarian aid worth US $1.6 million to Sri Lanka

 Indonesia has provided humanitarian aid worth US $1.6 million to Sri Lanka.The Indonesian Embassy in Colombo said that the Indonesian Government has provided humanitarian aid of essential medicines and medical equipment to Sri Lanka to the value of Rs 517.5 million (around US $1.6 million), due to the severe shortage in Sri Lanka caused by the economic crisis.

The total volume of the aid is 3.1 tons, and will be sent from Jakarta to Colombo by Sri Lankan Airlines in two dispatchments on the 28th of April and 8th of May, 2022.

Upon receiving the request for a donation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia immediately coordinated with the related Indonesian Ministries and Indonesian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers to prepare the donation. 

“The quick responses from all stakeholders in Indonesia shows the thoughtfulness of Indonesia towards Sri Lanka and their understanding of the urgency of the said essential medicines and medical equipment for the people of Sri Lanka,” The Indonesian Embassy in Colombo said.

The Indonesian Embassy said that the long-standing, strong bond relations between Indonesia and Sri Lanka have been proven throughout their long history since many centuries ago and became stronger with the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in the year 1952. 

The two nations’ important roles have also been well-known in the Asia-Africa Conference and as the initiators of the Non-Aligned Movement. Through the years, both have had strong partnership in bilateral, regional, and multilateral contexts. The tsunami that hit Indonesia and Sri Lanka in 2004 reflected the endurance friendship of the two countries by supporting each other. 

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia collaborates with the Government of Sri Lanka through the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka and the related authorities, as well as the Representatives Office of WHO in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, to facilitate humanitarian aid for the people of Sri Lanka.

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