IFRC President to visit Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 January 2011, 15:37 GMT]
The President of the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Tadateru Konoé is scheduled to arrive Wednesday in Colombo to support the much needed flood operations and to celebrate volunteerism in the island. Mr. Konoé is scheduled to travel to the north, the east and the south of the island to assess the aftermath of floods and also to witness the work of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and the IFRC, according to a statement by the IFRC.

“He will insist on the need for greater and long-term support to the people affected by this major disaster with a view of better taking into account the lessons learned from tsunami operations," the statement said.

Konoé is expected to meet SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, and the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapakse during the time of his visit, the IFRC said.


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