Australia will provide an additional Australian dollars (A$)25 million to help Sri Lanka meet urgent food and healthcare needs, as it confronts its worst economic crisis in 70 years, the Australian Foreign Ministry on its website on Friday (19 August) said.
This additional support brings Australia’s “Official Development Assistance” response to A$75 million, it said.
“Our support will be delivered through UN agencies to provide food, health, and nutrition services, access to safe water and essential support for those at risk, including women and children,” it added.
Australia’s continued assistance to Sri Lanka supports“our mutual interest in a secure and resilient Indian Ocean and reinforces our 75-yearstrong relationship built on cooperation and community connection,”the Australian Foreign Ministry said.
The extra humanitarian assistance is in addition to the A$23 million in ongoing development assistance to Sri Lanka in 2022-23, the statement concluded.