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* India assures fullest support to Sri Lanka to overcome the current crisis as a close friend - PMD
Thu, Jun 23, 2022, 09:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 23, Colombo: Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra has said that the Government of India will extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka in overcoming the current difficult situation as a close friend.

The Indian Foreign Secretary made these remarks during a meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo this morning (23), President’s Media Division said.

The Indian delegation arrived in the island this morning to consider further financial assistance to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has already received essential food items, fuel, medicine and fertilizer under the Indian credit line facility. The Indian delegation stated that the Government of India and the political authorities are committed to provide continued support to Sri Lanka.

On behalf of the government and the people of Sri Lanka, the President conveyed his gratitude to the Government of India for its significant role in assisting Sri Lanka in difficult times.

Both parties discussed on the future course of action of the Indian aid program to stabilize and revive the Sri Lankan economy at length. The delegation also expressed confidence that the country would recover soon, overcoming existing challenges.

Indian Economic Relations Secretary Ajay Seth, Chief Economic Adviser Dr. V Anantha Nageswaran, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay, Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K Jacob, Joint Secretary (IOR) Kartik Pande and Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath were also present at this discussion.

 

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