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* India approves US$ 400 million currency swap facility to Sri Lanka
Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 10:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 24, Colombo: India has approved the US$ 400 million bilateral currency swap arrangement Sri Lanka sought to meet short-term international liquidity requirements following the economic crisis resulted from COVID-19.

The High Commission of India today announced that Reserve Bank of India signed a document for US$ 400 million currency swap facility to Sri Lanka until Nov 2022.

The agreement has been reached after the debt repayment rescheduling discussions held Wednesday, the High Commission said adding that this development is another example of India’s strong commitment to work with Sri Lanka in post COVIS-19 economic recovery.

On 22 July 2020, India and Sri Lanka have held a technical discussion on rescheduling of bilateral debt repayment by Sri Lanka.

The Indian delegation comprising of senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and the EXIM Bank interacted with representatives from the Department of External Resources of Sri Lanka through a Video Conference. The constructive discussion between both sides took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere the High Commission reported.

Both sides had earlier discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its likely health and economic impacts in the region during Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s telephone conversations with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 23 May 2020 and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on 27 May 2020. During these conversations, Prime Minister Modi had assured that India would continue to provide all possible support to Sri Lanka for mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

During the courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the High Commissioner of India Gopal Baglay on 29 May 2020, it was agreed to accelerate India’s participation in Sri Lanka’s post COVID economic recovery. High Commissioner Gopal Baglay also reiterated India’s commitment to deepening its partnership with Sri Lanka for peace, prosperity and security of the two peoples during his conversation with the President of Sri Lanka, the High Commission said.

Building on the mutual priorities identified during the telephone conversations between the leaders of India and Sri Lanka in May 2020 and High Commissioner’s courtesy call on the President of Sri Lanka, the High Commission of India engaged with the Government of Sri Lanka to facilitate the initiation of discussions between the two sides on this matter.

The next round of technical discussions between the two sides on rescheduling of debt repayment is expected to be held soon.

The High Commission of India said it will continue to work towards coordinating and facilitating such engagement as a part of India’s overall commitment to work with Sri Lanka to counter and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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