India will continue to support Sri Lanka’s economic recovery, says PM Modi in Chennai

May 26, 2022 10:23 p.m IS

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]May 26 (ANI): India has extended all possible assistance to Sri Lanka and will continue to stand by the people of the neighboring country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his visit to Chennai on Thursday.
The prime minister said India will “support democracy, stability and economic recovery” in the crisis-hit island nation.
Speaking at a public meeting following the inauguration and groundbreaking ceremony of 11 projects worth over Rs 31,500 in Chennai in the presence of Tamil Nadu Prime Minister MK Stalin, PM Modi said: “Sri Lanka is going through difficult times. I am sure you are all concerned about this. As a close friend and neighbor of Sri Lanka, India is providing all possible support to the country including financial support, assistance with fuel, food, medicine and other essential supplies for the country.”

Underlining India’s efforts to stand by Sri Lanka in the hour of crisis, PM Modi said India has made strong commitments in international fora to extending economic support to the neighboring country.
“Many Indian organizations and individuals have sent aid to their brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka, including Tamils ​​in the North and East. India has made strong commitments in the international fora to extending economic support to Sri Lanka and supports democracy, stability and economic recovery,” he said.
Recalling his visit to Jaffna, PM Modi said, “I can never forget my visit to Jaffna. I was the first prime minister to visit Jaffna. The Indian government supports numerous Tamils ​​in Sri Lanka, these projects include health care, housing, culture and transport.”
India has sent billions of dollars worth of aid to rescue the ailing Sri Lankan government, accompanied by shiploads of humanitarian aid, cooking gas, large quantities of fuel and medicines.
Since March this year, Sri Lanka has been in the grip of an economic crisis unprecedented since the country’s independence, sparking widespread protests and political unrest that led earlier this month to the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s brother Mahinda Rajapaksa and his appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister of the country. (ANI)

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