Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs of India Vinay Kwatra today assured India’s continued support as a close neighbour to overcome the present crisis.
The visiting Foreign Secretary called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House today.
A special Indian delegation arrived in Sri Lanka this morning to assess further financial assistance.
The President’s Media Division said Sri Lanka has thus far received essential food items, fuel, medicines, and fertiliser through Indian loan assistance.
The delegation informed the President that the government of India and political authorities are committed to continuing support to Sri Lanka.
President Rajapaksa meanwhile expressed his appreciation to the Indian government for continued support during this difficult period.
The President’s Media Division said the delegation expressed its confidence that Sri Lanka will overcome this difficult period promptly.
The Foreign Secretary is accompanied by Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance of India, Ajay Seth, Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India Dr V Anantha Nageswaran and Joint Secretary of the Indian Ocean Region Kartik Pande of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
In a tweet, the Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi said productive discussions were held on the current situation in Sri Lanka and India’s ongoing support.