Damascus, SANA- Prime Minister, Eng. Hussein Arnous, received a cable of condolence on the earthquake victims from Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, in which he expressed his sorrow and sympathy with the Syrian people and the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.
“On behalf of the government and people of Malaysia, we extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims, and we ask God Almighty for mercy for the victims and for those affected by this difficult tragedy,” the Malaysian Prime Minister said in the cable.
Ibrahim added: “As a friendly country to Syria, Malaysia is ready to provide full assistance in relief efforts. In this regard, the Malaysian government has allocated an amount of one million dollars as immediate support for the ongoing relief efforts through the Syrian Red Crescent, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and the Honorary Consul Office of Malaysia in Damascus.”
According to Ibrahim, a specialist team from Malaysia comprising several government agencies will be sent to Damascus to immediately carry out this task.
He noted that in the framework of expressing solidarity with the Syrian people, the Malaysian government is also collecting money from the Malaysian people through the Disaster Management Fund of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the ongoing relief efforts, and mosques in Malaysia are organizing donation campaigns.
Eng. Arnous also received a cable of condolence on the earthquake victims from the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Dinesh Gunawardena.
“I am deeply saddened by what I learned about the devastating earthquake that struck Syria and caused the death and injury of thousands of Syrians,” Gunawardena said.
He added “As Prime Minister of a country that suffered because of the tsunami that hit it in 2004, I can feel your suffering in these difficult times, and we in Sri Lanka share grief with those who were affected by the quake.”
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister expressed commitment to providing aid and support at this difficult time.