Myanmar Donates 1,000 Tonnes of Rice to Sri Lanka

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Myanmar farm workers load sacks of rice into a truck that will take these to the market (Nyain Thit Nyi / World Bank)
Myanmar farm workers load sacks of rice into a truck that will take these to the market (Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi / World Bank).

Myanmar has donated 1,000 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka as an expression of support to the government and people of the crisis-hit nation.

A donation ceremony for the rice shipment from Myanmar to Sri Lanka was held at Asia World Port Terminal in Yangon on Friday, according to a report by the state-run Myanmar News Agency.

Myanmar’s Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, U Aung Naing Oo, said that the donation is a token of sympathy for Myanmar’s government and a gift for the people of Sri Lanka.

He said at the ceremony that he hoped the friendship and cooperation between the two countries would be further strengthened.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Myanmar, Mr J. M. Janaka Priyantha Bandara, presents his credentials to General Min Aung Hlaing.
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Myanmar, Mr J. M. Janaka Priyantha Bandara, presents his credentials to General Min Aung Hlaing.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Myanmar, J.M. Bandara, sent a letter of thanks to the Myanmar Government for the donation of rice, saying that this will be helpful for Sri Lanka, which is facing an economic crisis.

Myanmar and Sri Lanka established diplomatic ties in 1999, and have enjoyed close ties even in the wake of a military coup in Myanmar on 1 February 2021.