Foreign Aid Consortium in the offing

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Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mizukoshi Hideaki, who pledged Japan’s continued support to stabilise Sri Lanka’s economy during the meeting with newly-appointed Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday (13), said he would leave for Tokyo on Saturday (14), to brief his government on Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, after assuming duties on 13 May at the Prime Minister’s Office, held preliminary talks with foreign envoys representing India – Gopal Bagley, Japan – Mizukoshi Hideaki, United States – Julie J. Chung, and China – Qi Zhenhong.

He discussed forming a Foreign Aid Consortium to extend financial assistance to Sri Lanka.

Both the Indian Envoy and Japanese Envoy discussed measures being taken to gather support from other foreign nations to help Sri Lanka’s economy.

Discussions with the Indian High Commissioner focused on the measures being taken for economic recovery, while the High Commissioner promised to continue to assist Sri Lanka.

Wickremesinghe discussed the upcoming visit of the US Treasury team with the US Ambassador. The meeting also focussed on the subject of the 19th Amendment and the strengthening of the oversight committees in Parliament.

The Chinese Ambassador expressed his country’s willingness to continue to support Sri Lanka, while also pledging to review existing assistance provided to the country.

Wickremesinghe also spoke to British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton prior to her departure to the UK. She was scheduled to brief the British Government on the situation in Sri Lanka.