ASEAN Conclave: EAM S Jaishankar reiterates India’s commitment to support Sri Lanka’s economic recovery at ASEAN Conclave

S Jaishankar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said India would remain committed to assisting Sri Lanka in its economic recovery. He made the announcement to his Sri Lankan counterpart, Ali Sabry, when they met on the sidelines of the ASEAN conclave in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

At the conclave, he also met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

“A warm first meeting with FM Ali Sabry from Sri Lanka. Congratulated him on his new responsibility. Reaffirmed India’s commitment as a staunch friend and reliable partner for Sri Lanka’s economic recovery and prosperity. Neighborhood First,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Over the past year, India has increased its assistance to Sri Lanka to the tune of over US$3.8 billion to help deal with the economic crisis. One that has left Sri Lanka reeling, the worst it has seen in seven decades, leaving nearly millions of people struggling to survive. They struggled to buy food, medicine, fuel and some other essentials.

Last month, Sri Lanka witnessed massive political unrest after mass protests over the economic crisis that forced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country.

In his meeting with the Cambodian Prime Minister, Jaishankar said the issues to be discussed in the talks are economic cooperation, development and defense, and cultural partnership.

“I thank PM Hun Sen from Cambodia for hosting me. Brought personal greetings from PM @narendramodi. Appreciated his warm words on our Covid cooperation. We talked about improving our economic, development, defense and cultural partnership,” he tweeted.

“He has assured our continued support for heritage preservation. He appreciated his views on regional developments,” he added.

In his meeting with the Vietnamese counterpart, Jaishankar said both sides agreed to maintain the momentum of the comprehensive strategic partnership.

“Another good meeting with @FMBuiThanhSon from Vietnam. Agreed to continue working to maintain the momentum of our comprehensive strategic partnership,” he tweeted.

S Jaishankar, also referring to his meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Wong, said they exchanged perspectives on many regional and global issues.

“Glad to reunite with FM @SenatorWong from Australia. I have noted positively the progress made in our bilateral relations. Benefiting from sharing perspectives on regional and global issues,” he said in a tweet.

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