Indian government backing Sri Lanka, trying to help: External Affairs Minister Jaishankar

Foreign Secretary stressed there was ‘no refugee crisis at the moment’

Foreign Secretary stressed there was ‘no refugee crisis at the moment’

Union External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Sunday that the Indian government has always stood by Sri Lanka and is “trying to help” the neighboring country through its current economic crisis and made it clear that there was “no refugee crisis at this time”. .

Speaking to reporters outside Thiruvananthapuram airport after arriving in the state capital for a three-day visit, Mr Jaishankar said: “We have been very supportive of Sri Lanka. We try to help and are always very helpful where they are concerned. .

“They are currently working on their issues, so we have to wait and see what they do.”

He was responding to a question about India’s position on the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

When asked if there was a refugee crisis, the Union Minister replied: “There is no refugee crisis at the moment.”

Mr Jaishankar was also questioned by reporters about the reason for his visit to which he replied that there were several.

He said he wanted to hang out with his party colleagues here and understand how they are doing and what is going on here.

When asked how he saw the BJP’s prospects in the southern state, the Union Minister replied that the party’s prospects were “very good” nationwide.

“There are no exceptions to this anywhere. But we will always try to keep working to improve the outlook,” he added.

Shirlene J. Manley