External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar chairs meeting of parliamentary experts on Sri Lanka, calls for ‘unanimous support’

India has provided lines of credit since January to Sri Lanka to deal with the economic crisis.

New Delhi:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar chaired a meeting of a parliamentary advisory committee on the situation in Sri Lanka on Saturday and said there was ‘unanimous support’ on the need to stand with the neighboring country in this difficult time.

He also posted photos with MPs who attended the Parliamentary External Affairs Advisory Committee meeting. Ministers of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, Meenakshi Lekhi and Rajkumar Ranjan Singh also attended the meeting.

“Chaired a meeting of the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on the situation in Sri Lanka. A good discussion held in a positive atmosphere on various issues and the role of India,” Jaishankar said.

“Unanimous support on the need to stand with our neighbor in this difficult time,” he said.

Opposition leaders such as Priyanka Chaturvedi of Shiv Sena and Tiruchi Siva of DMK, among others, attended the meeting.

Sri Lanka is facing an economic crisis which has led to a severe shortage of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas and fuel across the island nation.

The country on the verge of bankruptcy, with an acute currency crisis that led to a default on external debt payments, announced in April that it was suspending the repayment of nearly $7 billion in external debt due for this year out of approximately $25 billion due through 2026. Total external debt stands at $51 billion.

Indian credit lines since January this year have provided a lifeline to Sri Lanka amid growing public dissent in the face of deteriorating economic conditions.

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Shirlene J. Manley