Afghanistan seeks help from Sri Lanka to rebuild damaged Buddha statues

Xinhuanet, June 27, 2005

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Afghanistan has urged the Sri Lankan government to help the country rebuild the Buddhist statues destroyed during the former Taliban regime, the Local Website Lankapage said on Monday.

The country asked for the assistance of Buddhist scholars and the Department of Archaeology from Sri Lanka in the task of reconstructing the Buddha statues.

Sri Lankan Deputy Foreign Minister Visva Warnapala said the Afghanistan government made the request when he met Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Haider Reza and Deputy Minister of Labor Walmohe Rasooli in Colombo recently.

They also asked for Sri Lanka's assistance to develop the health, trade and higher education sectors, the minister said.