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The Russian Federation has transferred USD 5.5 million to the World Food Program (WFP) in order to provide financing of the projects related to the development of sustainable school nutrition systems in Sri Lanka.

Ambassador of Russia in Sri Lanka Yury B. Materiy said yesterday the support was in line with the policy of strengthening cooperation with Sri Lanka in the interest of sustainable development.

Sri Lanka and Russia in October last year successfully concluded the 10th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations in Moscow.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed existing multifaceted relations between Sri Lanka and Russia encompassing political, economic and cultural spheres as well as people–to-people contacts.

In discussions, the two sides also referred to cooperation in defence, education, connectivity and tourism, and in combating COVID-19, among others.

Recalling the longstanding historic relations and strong partnership between the two countries, both sides reaffirmed cooperation on issues of mutual interest in multilateral fora.

The discussion also focused on regional and international issues of mutual interest. Both sides are looking forward to the celebration of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Russia this year. (Daily FT)