President of Sri Lanka and top Indian delegation discuss economic assistance

India delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra met with Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo . India was one of the first countries to extend its assistance to Sri Lanka in the wake of the global economic crisis .

Colombo (Sri Lanka), June 23: On Thursday, a high-level Indian delegation led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra met with Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo, amid the island nation's escalating economic crisis.The India delegation, which included Economic Affairs Secretary Ajay Seth and Chief Economic Advisor V Anantha Nageswaran, engaged in productive talks on the current situation in Sri Lanka and Indias ongoing assistance.Secretary @FinMinIndia Ajay Seth and CEA V. Anantha Nageswaran were with the FS.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet that India is able to support Sri Lanka in rapid economic recovery by various means as both sides reiterated commitment to the improvement of bilateral relations.

India was one of the first countries to extend its assistance to Sri Lanka in the wake of the global economic crisis, providing food, fuel, medicines, and other essential supplies.Nearly 5.7 million people, children and men, are in need of immediate life-saving assistance, according to development and humanitarian partners in Sri Lanka.The country, which was once an upper-middle-income region, is facing its biggest economic crisis since independence in May, with food shortages, fuel for cooking, transport, and industry, which is still widespread, with regular power outages.Sri Lanka, which was founded in 1822, is facing the most difficult economic crisis since independence.