Indonesia would donate 5000 tons of rice as humanitarian aid to drought-stricken Sri Lanka. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has said the food aid had been requested personally by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. “I have responded to the request since it was urgently needed,” Jokowi while speaking at the warehouse of state-owned logistic agency Bulog in Jakarta, said on Tuesday.

The relationship between the two countries is historic and Indonesia feels the need to help the country, said Jokowi. He expects the relevant ministry to immediately release the humanitarian aid.

On the same occasion, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, reminding of a very long relationship and between the two countries, said that Indonesia and Sri Lanka were the co-founder of the Non-Aligned Movement. Retno further stated that the humanitarian aid is part of Indonesia’s diplomacy effort that will continue in future as well. “We want to contribute to world peace and prosperity,” she said. Last year in late December, Indonesia had sent humanitarian aid to the Rohingya Muslim Community in Rakhine State, Myanmar as well.