Iran donates batch of essential drugs and medical supplies to Sri Lanka
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9:41 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
November 5, Colombo: The Iranian government, in collaboration with the Iranian Red Crescent, donated a batch of essential drugs and other medical supplies worth more than Rs. 108 million to Sri Lanka.
The donation, consisting of 119 essential medical items, was handed over to Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Iran GMV Wishwanath Aponsu by the Iranian government in the presence of senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Iranian Red Crescent during a a ceremony held at the Red Crescent Office in Tehran on November 03, 2022.
In accepting the consignment, the Sri Lankan envoy expressed deep gratitude on behalf of the government and people of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Republic of Iran for their generous and timely contribution. Furthermore, the Sri Lankan Ambassador stressed Iran’s continued support to Sri Lanka in difficult times and stressed the importance of maintaining good relations and cooperation.
The donation of medical services is the result of a request made by Ambassador Aponsu during his meeting with Iran’s Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Mohammed Hossein Niknam, Deputy Foreign Minister for Western Asia, on Dr Seyed Rasoul Mousavi, head of the Iranian Red Crescent. Dr. Pir Hossein Kolivand and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran in June 2022 to brief on developments in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan Embassy in Tehran made immediate arrangements with the support of Managing Director Alireza Bardaei of Pankeh Tea Pvt. ltd. to Iran to ship the medical consignment from Iran to Sri Lanka. The cargo is expected to arrive at Colombo Port by mid-November 2022.