Bangladesh sending emergency medical supplies to Sri Lanka

(Xinhua) 09:51, May 06, 2022

DHAKA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- In a spirit of friendship and good neighborly relations, Bangladesh Thursday sent emergency medical supplies to Sri Lanka.

At a token handover ceremony held at the State Guest House Padma here on Thursday, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque handed over a few boxes of medicines to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Sudharshan D.S. Seneviratne.

Momen described the supply of the medicine as an expression of solidarity and friendship between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, at a time when the two countries are celebrating 50 years of their diplomatic relations.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh never hesitates to extend assistance to any nation in difficulties, in particular, to its neighbors for ensuring shared peace and prosperity in the South Asian region, he added.

For his part, Seneviratne said Sri Lanka values the friendly relationship with Bangladesh and is committed to further strengthening it.

He said the medical supplies demonstrated the bilateral relations are moving in the right direction.

Essential Drugs Company Limited, the only state-owned Pharmaceuticals Company in Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceuticals Industries, have each contributed medicines worth 100 million takas as gifts to Sri Lanka, said a statement of the Bangladesh foreign ministry.

It added that the medicine is expected to reach Sri Lanka in a few days.

Earlier, Bangladesh provided Sri Lanka with 200 million U.S. dollars in aid through currency swapping arrangements. (1 U.S. dollar equals about 88 takas)

(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Liang Jun)


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