Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took to Twitter to express his gratitude and appreciation for India’s efforts to help the island country amid the current economic crisis and expressed a desire to further strengthen the ties between the two nations. “I have expressed our country’s appreciation for the support India has provided during this difficult time. I look forward to further strengthening the ties between our nations,” the Sri Lankan Prime Minister tweeted on Friday, May 27. .
In another tweet, Wickremesinghe also said he was grateful for India and Japan’s response to the Quad’s proposal to take the lead in forming a foreign aid consortium to help Sri Lanka.
“Help from India and Japan: I am grateful for the positive response from India and Japan to the proposal made to the members of the Quad (United States, India, Japan and Australia) to take the initiative to create a foreign aid consortium to help Sri Lanka,” he said.
1. Assistance from India and Japan: I am grateful for the positive response of India and Japan to the proposal made to the members of the Quad (United States, India, Japan and Australia) to take the initiative of create a foreign aid consortium to help Sri Lanka.
— Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) May 27, 2022
Earlier this month, India and Japan had agreed to cooperate with each other in light of the current economic crisis and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country. Wickremesinghe’s appreciation of India came on the same day when his neighbor donated 25 tons of drugs and other medical supplies worth nearly SLR 260 million.
The medical consignment was given in response to requests from various organizations and hospitals spread across different parts of the country.
The Indian High Commission said that these humanitarian supplies come as an extension of the Government of India’s continued support to the people of Sri Lanka in multiple forms such as financial assistance, foreign currency support, supply of materials, etc “These efforts are testimony to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy which puts people-to-people engagement at the core,” the high commission said in a statement, ANI reported.
(With contributions from the agency)