(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – India assures that it will continue to provide support to Sri Lanka whenever possible to strengthen the island nation economically.
The High Commission of India in Colombo has affirmed India’s continued support to Sri Lanka in a statement issued Tuesday in response to media inquiries regarding reports that India will no longer provide financial support.
“We continue to be supportive of Sri Lanka in all possible ways, in particular by promoting long-term investments from India in key economic sectors in Sri Lanka for its early economic recovery and growth,” the High Commission said.
The full statement is given below:
Statement by the Spokesperson in response to media queries regarding report on no further financial support from India
We have seen the relevant media reports. We would like to emphasize that India has extended unprecedented bilateral assistance amounting close to USD 4 billion this year for ameliorating the difficulties faced by the people of Sri Lanka. India has also advocated to other bilateral and multilateral partners supporting Sri Lanka expeditiously in its current economic difficulties. We have also noted the conclusion of a Staff Level Agreement between IMF and Government of Sri Lanka. Its further approval within IMF is contingent upon, inter alia, on Sri Lanka’s debt sustainability. We continue to be supportive of Sri Lanka in all possible ways, in particular by promoting long-term investments from India in key economic sectors in Sri Lanka for its early economic recovery and growth.
In addition our bilateral development cooperation projects in Sri Lanka, which cumulatively total about US$ 3.5 billion, are ongoing. Sri Lankans also continue to avail of scholarships for higher education and skills training in premier Indian institutions. These aspects of our close and long-standing cooperation with Sri Lanka also contribute to the efforts for addressing Sri Lanka’s current economic difficulties.