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300 million assistance pledged by Saudi Arabia
Published Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)

By S.H.Moulana

At a time, we read about the US president’s discontinuance of his country’s aids to many countries including US’s close allies, the very recent one being the long standing military aid the US gave for Pakistan for $300 million, annually.Veteran writer Seyed Hamid Mowlana hosted a special sumptuous dinner to our Ambassador Azmi Thassim and me at his palatial residence in Sulaimaniya on Saturday ! It was a seafood spread which gave a Sri Lankan touch and taste! Thanks Mowlana, your son Waqar and his family members

On the contrary the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has pledged to grant a $300 million assistance to Sri Lanka.

This will be utilized for water supply projects in the agriculture sector and education and health facility developments.

This good news was made known by Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador Abdul Nazar Al Hardi.

This is not the first time kingdom has come forward to help Sri Lanka. Way back in 1981 it helped Sri Lanka in its ambitious Mahaweli project in a big way.

The Galle port boatyard was built with the $44 million was a grant got from Saudi Arabia.

Who can forget the 500 housing units it built for those made homeless by the Tsunami.
Its active participation in many road network projects in the country is still appreciated by the road users.

Very recently Saudi Arabia built an ultra-modern hospital in Sri Lanka to treat patients suffering from epilepsy and it cost the kingdom millions of dollars.
























These are just few helps from the generous country, which came to our mind but there are many others where philanthropists from the same country has done for Sri Lanka with minimum or no publicity.

As we all know Sri Lanka did not have a Saudi ambassador in the country for sometimes and we warmly welcome the new ambassador, Abdul Nazar Al Hardi, posted to represent the kingdom.

We have no doubt that he will receive every support from the Sri Lankan government and its people.

The good news he brought with him, the $300 million offer, points to his eagerness to strengthen the relation between the two friendly countries.

We reliably learn that he got an off the cuff brief from the Sri Lankan ambassador in Riyadh, before his departure.

-Source: Asian Tribune

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