Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Reaffirmed Japan’s Robust Commitment on Humanitarian Assistance


On 10th October, Hon. KOMURA Masahiro, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan attended the handover ceremony at the Presidential Office to provide the Emergency Food Assistance and Nutrition Support by the the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the esteemed presence of Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga, Senior Advisor to the President on Economic Affairs and Mr. Abdur Rahim Siddiqui, Representative and Country Director of WFP Sri Lanka.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister KOMURA handed over packs of food and nutrition including over 7,200 MT of rice, lentils, vegetable oil, maize and soya beans procured by WFP through the fund USD 6.5 million by the Japanese Government's supplementary budget. With Japan’s total contribution of over USD 10 million since the commencement of WFP’s emergency operation in June 2022, to date, nearly 2 million beneficiaries, including school children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, who have been affected by the severe economic crisis, have benefited from this humanitarian assistance.

In his remarks, Parliamentary Vice-Minister KOMURA extended his sincere hope that this assistance will help as many Sri Lankan people in need as possible to make a better living. Furthermore, he expressed his commitment to continue to provide the necessary support and cooperation for Sri Lanka’s development, further deepening our long-standing friendship with Sri Lanka.