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Luxembourg aid for humanitarian operations

Aug 29, 2010 7:00:29 AM - itnnews.lk

Luxembourg has provided a grant of Euro 285,000 for the financing of humanitarian projects in Sri Lanka.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg has informed the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels which is concurrently accredited to Luxembourg, that a grant of 200,000 Euros will be provided for humanitarian projects in Sri Lanka implemented by the World Food Programme.

It said 85,000 Euros would be provided for humanitarian projects implemented by Caritas International. In March this year, a Sri Lanka delegation led by Foreign Secretary/ Romesh Jayasinghe had bi-lateral talks with Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and briefed him on developments in Sri Lanka. They sought the support of Luxembourg towards Sri Lanka’s post-conflict recovery, as well as in encouraging investment in Sri Lanka from Luxembourg.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg has also agreed to enter into negotiations with the Government of Sri Lanka on an Agreement for the ‘Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Incomes’ between Luxembourg and Sri Lanka.