Moragoda meets Indian FM

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Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda met the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar on Monday (20) to discuss the way forward with regard to Indian assistance in stabilising and recovering the ailing Sri Lankan economy.

At the outset, High Commissioner Moragoda briefed Minister Jaishankar on the present developments in Sri Lanka and thanked him for his personal involvement in continuing the assistance that India has extended to Sri Lanka in the form of credits for essential commodities and fuel, as well as balance of payment support, as bridging finance until an IMF programme would be in place.

He also appreciated India taking up Sri Lanka’s case with the IMF, other multilateral institutions and bilateral development partners.

Minister Jaishankar assured the High Commissioner of India’s support to look into stabilising and recovering the Sri Lankan economy, through tourism and investments.

In this regard, the External Affairs Minister requested the High Commissioner to remain in contact.

Foreign Secretary of India Shri Vinay Kwatra as well as senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi also participated in the meeting.

Minister Jaishankar chaired a Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting on 18 June on the situation in Sri Lanka where unanimous support on the need to stand with Sri Lanka in this difficult time had been expressed.