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Sri Lanka gov´t donates 1,000 tents to China´s quake-hit areas

Source: Xinhua | 06-14-2008 08:52

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BEIJING, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei, on behalf of the Chinese Government, received a shipment here on Friday of 1,000 tents from Sri Lanka, according to the Foreign Ministry.

This was the second shipment of quake relief aid from Sri Lanka.

The tents will be delivered to Tianshui in China's northwest Gansu Province in mid-June, the ministry said.

The Sri Lankan Ambassador to China, Karunatilaka Amunugama, said the Sri Lankan government and people felt deep grief over the May 12 disaster and conveyed their sympathies and condolences to the Chinese government and people.

After the earthquake, the president of Sri Lanka visited the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka and asked its Minister of Foreign Affairs to take charge of the quake relief aid to China.

Amunugama said Sri Lanka was helping China in return for the assistance and support China has offered to Sri Lanka.

The Chinese people are sure to overcome the disaster under the leadership of the Chinese government, said the Sri Lankan ambassador.

Assistant Foreign Minister He expressed gratitude for Sri Lanka's tent donation, which he said would help many quake survivors to overcome their difficulties.

The first batch of quake relief aid from Sri Lanka including 277 tents, medical equipment, medicine and other relief materials arrived in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, on May 25.


Editor:Zhang Ning