Sunday, India’s Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi, issued a statement stating: “Tuesday, we will convene another all-party meeting to discuss the Sri Lankan crisis.
This briefing has been requested of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.”
According to the sources, the foreign secretary will likely brief the members on the situation in Sri Lanka and the assistance India has provided to the island nation in the past.
And the meeting is anticipated to begin at 5:30 p.m. “The government has called a suo motto meeting to address the concerns of a number of political parties, particularly in Tamil Nadu, who are concerned about the Sri Lankan crisis and the influx of refugees into the state,” said sources.
In a recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, Tamil Nad Chief Minister MK Stalin voiced his concern over the situation in Sri Lanka and requested permission to send aid to the economically-devastated nation.
As part of its Neighbourhood First policy, India has provided Sri Lanka with over $3.8 billion in aid this year alone in an effort to alleviate the country’s dire economic situation.