'India stands with Sri Lankan people': MEA as massive protests erupt in island nation

Earlier in the day, Jaishankar said that India has been providing assistance to Sri Lanka and is monitoring the developments in the island nation adding that there is no refugee crisis now.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, July 10, 2022, 05:45 PM IST
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Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi | Photo: PTI

The Indian government on Sunday showing its support to the crisis-hit neighbouring island nation said that India is continuously following the recent developments in Sri Lanka.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, "We are aware of the many challenges that Sri Lanka and its people have been facing, and we have stood with the Sri Lankan people as they have tried to overcome this difficult period."

Maintaining that India is Sri Lanka's closest neighbour, the MEA said India has extended ‘unprecedented’ support of over $3.8 billion for ameliorating the serious economic situation in Sri Lanka.

“We continue to follow closely the recent developments in Sri Lanka. India stands with the people of Sri Lanka as they seek to realize their aspirations for prosperity and progress through democratic means and values, established institutions and constitutional framework," the MEA spokesperson said.

The Foreign Ministry further stated, "India stands with the people of Sri Lanka as they seek to realize their aspirations for prosperity and progress through democratic means and values, established institutions and constitutional framework."

Earlier in the day, Jaishankar said that India has been providing assistance to Sri Lanka and is monitoring the developments in the island nation adding that there is no refugee crisis now.

Jaishankar's comments reflect how India continues to stand by its neighbours amid difficult times. His remarks particularly hold more importance as Sri Lanka faces an unprecedented political and economic crisis.

Sri Lanka has been suffering a diesel shortage since February, which led to hours of daily power cuts. Presently, Sri Lanka is struggling with acute food and electricity shortages, forcing the country to seek help from its neighbours.

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