The Government of Sri Lanka as a mark of solidarity with the people of Australia, donated a consignment of black tea as relief assistance for the victims of the recent flash floods in the State of Queensland which has caused immense damage to over 200,000 people in the State of Queensland.
Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris handed over the donation of tea to Ms. Sophia McIntyre, the Actg. High Commissioner for Australia yesterday (10 January) at the Ministry of External Affairs.
The Minister stated that this donation was all the more appropriate since Sri Lanka has been the beneficiary of the goodwill of Australia in the past.
The donation of tea is a symbolic manifestation of Sri Lanka’s friendly and warm relations with the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
The consignment is enough to make a quarter of a million cups and will be supplied direct to Queensland state from company warehouses within Australia, BBC reported.
Australia’s acting high commissioner McIntyre, said the drink would be included in food parcels for affected people.
She said a cup of tea was exactly what many victims wanted when they reached evacuation centres, and the gesture was much appreciated, the report added.
Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, senior officials of the Ministry and Mr. Dilhan Fernando, Director (Marketing) of Dilmah were also present on the occasion.