Sri Lankan Prime Minister Gunawardena praises PM Modi for providing humanitarian aid to his nation

Sri Lanka PM Dinesh Gunawardena thanked PM Narendra Modi and Indians for generous humanitarian assistance to the country . India has been at the forefront of providing economic assistance to Sri Lanka in times of need .

Colombo (Sri Lanka), August 6: Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, a newly elected Sri Lankan Prime Minister, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indians on Saturday for their generous humanitarian assistance to the country.In response to a congratulatory note sent by PM Modi, the Indian High Embassy in Sri Lanka said the island countries' PM said that the enduring ties of friendship between the two countries have flourished over the years into a mutually enriching alliance across multiple dimensions.In a congratulatory note sent to Sri Lanka by PM Gunawardena, he reiterated the island nation's continuing support, ensuring the island country's stability and well-being.India has been at the forefront of providing economic assistance to Sri Lanka in times of need.Sri Lanka has been facing an escalating economic crisis since the start of 2022, and the government has defaulted on foreign loans.

During the last two months, the government and the Indian population provided more than 25 tons of medicines and medical supplies worth about 370 million Sri Lanka Rupees (SLR).This is in addition to the economic assistance of around USD 3.5 billion and other humanitarian supplies such as rice, milk powder, and kerosene provided by the government of India in various forms such as financial assistance, forex assistance, material supply, and many more.These efforts demonstrate that Prime Minister Narendra Modis Neighborhood First program, which emphasizes people-to-people cooperation, is still effective.India is also giving basic services to Sri Lanka, which has been suffering from a diesel shortage since February, which has resulted in hours of daily power cuts.Sri Lanka is struggling with acute food and electricity shortages, forcing the country to seek assistance from its neighbours.

The country is unable to buy enough oil and gas, and people are without basic amenities.