US calls on all parties to cooperate

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The US Embassy, while closely monitoring the on-going political developments, called on all parties to cooperate to achieve a peaceful democratic transition of power and urge any new constitutionally – select government to work quickly to identify and implement solutions that will achieve long-term economic stability and address the Sri Lankan people’s discontent over the worsening economic conditions, including power food and fuel shortage.

Following the massive protest march in Colombo on 9 July, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced to offer their resignation.

The US embassy said the US together with many other members of the international community, stand by to support as Sri Lanka take responsible, sustainable steps toward resolving the debt crisis and creating a more equitable future for all.

The US Embassy further, urged all parties to exercise restraint and respect to allow the Sri Lankan Parliament to approach at this time with a commitment to the betterment of the nation rather than any one political party.

The US pointed out that thousands of people from all walks of life have taken to the streets, demanding accountability, transparency, and a better future for all Sri Lankans and that this is a delicate and significant period in Sri Lanka’s history.

The US Government also condemned all violence against peaceful protests and journalists. “We call for the full investigations and prosecution of anyone involved in violent incidents or destruction of property related to the protests”.

Meanwhile India also said that it is aware of the many challenges that Sri Lanka and its people have been facing. “We have stood with the Sri Lankan people as they have tried to overcome this difficult period.

India is Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour and our two countries share deep civilizational bonds.

In pursuance of the central place that Sri Lanka occupies in our Neighbourhood First policy, India has extended this year itself an unprecedented support of over USD 3.8 billion for ameliorating the serious economic situation in Sri Lanka.

We continue to follow closely the recent developments in Sri Lanka. India stands with the people of Sri Lanka as they seek to realise their aspirations for prosperity and progress through democratic means and values, established institutions and constitutional framework,” the Indian Government said. 

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan