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SL crisis: messages from India and the U.S.

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India has stated that it supports a swift political solution in Sri Lanka based on democratic values and methods, and a constitutional framework.

In a press briefing held yesterday, the spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs reiterated that India will continue to support the Sri Lankan people as they seek to realize their aspirations for prosperity and progress through democratic means and values, as well as established institutions and a constitutional framework.

India anticipates a speedy resolution to the situation involving the Sri Lankan government and its leadership and will assist the Sri Lankan people in every way possible as they seek a way forward.

India’s assistance to the Sri Lankan people in addressing the challenges posed by the current situation in Sri Lanka exemplifies its ‘Neighborhood First’ and SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policies.

The spokesperson added that India will continue its support and solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson also noted that India acted swiftly to assist the people of Sri Lanka in overcoming their economic difficulties and emphasized that India expeditiously finalized and delivered assistance and support totaling approximately $3.8 billion in 2022.

This assistance has taken the form of currency swaps, deferral of repayment of Sri Lanka’s obligations to the Reserve Bank of India under the Asian Clearing Union mechanism, and credit assistance of more than US$ 1.5 billion for fuel, food, and medicines, fertilizers, and other essential commodities.

In addition, India categorically denied any role in facilitating the departure or travel of former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the spokesperson said.

In the meantime, the US Embassy in Colombo has urged all Sri Lankan parties to collaborate, uphold the rule of law, and find solutions to the economic crisis.

The US remains committed to the democratic aspirations of the Sri Lankan people, according to US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung.

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