A special discussion was held yesterday (14) at the Opposition Leader's Office between the Ambassador of the European Union Denis Chaibi and the former Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, Sajith Premadasa.
Premadasa stated that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) was taking steps towards strengthening Sri Lanka's economy and the people's lives, including through representations made through the European Union, and requested the EU Ambassador to extend the fullest cooperation of the EU to rebuild our country.
The Ambassador of the European Union Denis Chaibi stated that 22 million Euros (approximately 4.5 billion rupees) had already been received as aid from the European Union for Sri Lanka. This included 410 million rupees for medical equipment, 710 million rupees for developing tourism, and 3.37 billion for developing agriculture.
The tourism sector and the agricultural sector have been severely affected. There is a shortage of equipment in the health sector. The Samagi Jana Balawegaya which is genuinely interested in the well-being of the people, has initiated a project to provide equipment required by some of the hospitals.
We call upon our government to responsibly utilize the sum exceeding Rs. 4 billion granted by the European Union, for the benefit of all the people of this land, Premadasa said.