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German FM says Berlin Will Help Rebuild Sri Lanka

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer says his country will do everything possible to help Sri Lanka recover after last month's devastating tsunami.

After meetings in Colombo Tuesday with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, Mr. Fischer told reporters a tsunami early warning system is crucial for the whole region.

He also said Berlin is ready to promote tourism in the island nation and focus on other important projects. Germany has pledged more than $650 million in aid for the region.

Mr. Fischer, who arrived in Sri Lanka late Monday, was scheduled to attend a memorial service for victims of the Asian tsunami at the German embassy in Colombo before flying out of the country.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.