Jerusalem, June 1, 2003

Israel Sends Humanitarian Aid to Sri Lanka
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Government of Sri Lanka appealed to the international community for humanitarian relief, following extensive damage caused by the floods and mudslides that occurred ten days ago in the southern part of the country. Hundreds of people were killed in the floods, and 200,000 families were made homeless.

The Government of Israel responded to the appeal of the Sri Lankan Government, and decided to grant humanitarian relief to the victims of the floods. The relief package will include medical equipment and medicine that will be transferred on Mondaym June 2, through the Embassy of Israel in Bangkok. This is the second time that Israel has provided assistance to Sri Lanka.

The bilateral ties between Israel and Sri Lanka were renewed during 2000. Since then, the two countries have enjoyed friendly ties including international cooperation (MASHAV) projects. The volume of trade between the two countries stands at $72 million.