Minister Bandula Gunawardena says Sri Lankan authorities will continue negotiations with Russia on the provision of a loan to purchase Russian fuel.
In an interview with Sputnik, the Minister said “We can manage that crisis because previous months we were facing the crisis, but now we slowly recover from economic crisis and foreign exchange crisis. We wish to get some big support from Russia. The discussion is going very well”.
The Minister added that former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide Sri Lanka a loan to buy oil from Russia and ease the fuel crisis in the country.
Meanwhile, the Minister also said that Sri Lanka is a safe tourist destination, as the situation in the country has now been brought under control.
He said “Yeah, now 100% safe because last few months some political protests are there. People protesting on roads. Now everything finished. Former president give up that presidentship, after that parliament voted for former prime minister. He control everything. Calm and quiet peace there. Political stability is going on”.
The Minister added that tourism is a key sphere for Sri Lanka and tourists from all around the world are very welcome there.