Indian government convenes multi-stakeholder meeting on Sri Lanka crisis – News

Political parties worried about refugees, sources say


Published: Sun Jul 17, 2022 3:15 PM

The Indian government convened a multi-party meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the crucial issue of the Sri Lankan crisis.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi made the announcement on Sunday, saying, “On Tuesday we are convening another multi-party meeting to brief on the crisis in Lanka. We have asked Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to hold this briefing. “

According to the sources, the foreign minister is expected to make a presentation to the members on the situation in Lanka and the assistance India has provided to the island nation in the past. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

“The government is calling for a suo moto meeting to address the concerns of several political parties, especially in Tamil Nadu, as they are worried about the Sri Lankan crisis and the influx of refugees into the state,” they said. the sources.

During his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin expressed concern over the situation in Lanka and requested permission to send relief materials to the nation economically touched.

Sri Lanka is facing an economic and political crisis. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 73, went into hiding after protesters stormed his residence on July 9 and his resignation was eventually accepted by the Speaker of Parliament. Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe also announced his resignation as Prime Minister.

The 225-member parliament will elect the new president in a vote on July 20.

Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe was sworn in as temporary president on Friday, and Sri Lankan parliamentarians will officially vote on July 20.

Currently, Sri Lanka is experiencing a severe shortage of fuel and other essential supplies and is in the grip of its worst economic crisis with rampant inflation. The oil shortage forced schools and government offices to close until further notice.

The reduction in national agricultural production, the lack of foreign exchange reserves and the depreciation of the local currency have fueled the shortages.

Sri Lanka’s multiple crises have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic which has seen the collapse of the crucial tourism industry, which provides foreign exchange for imported fuel and medical supplies, and shaken by the crisis of supply chain precipitated by war in Ukraine.

The economic crisis will plunge families into hunger and poverty – some for the first time – adding to the half a million people who, according to World Bank estimates, have fallen below the poverty line due to the pandemic.

Amid the crisis in Sri Lanka, India this year extended its support of more than $3.8 billion to improve the island nation’s dire economic situation as a sign of its neighborhood first policy.


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