China FM con­doles over Sri Lanka flood dis­as­ter

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING—Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi on Fri­day sent a mes­sage to his Sri Lankan coun­ter­part Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera, ex­tend­ing con­do­lences over the flash floods and land­slides hit­ting the is­land coun­try. In the mes­sage, Wang ex­pressed deep sym­pa­thy to the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment and peo­ple in the stricken area and con­veyed pro­found con­do­lences to the vic­tims of the dis­as­ter.

As China and Sri Lanka are tra­di­tional friendly neigh­bors, the Chi­nese peo­ple are deeply af­fected by the dis­as­ter sus­tained by the Sri Lankan peo­ple as if they have ex­pe­ri­enced it them­selves, Wang said. “We be­lieve that un­der the lead­er­ship of the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment, the peo­ple of Sri Lanka will def­i­nitely be able to over­come dif­fi­cul­ties and the dis­as­ter,” he added. Wang also ex­pressed China’s will­ing­ness to of­fer any as­sis­tance it can to help Sri Lanka cope with the dis­as­ter.

Mean­while, the Red Cross So­ci­ety of China has do­nated a sum of 50,000 U.S. dol­lars in cash to Sri Lanka.—Xin­hua

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