PM Modi congratulates new Sri Lankan Prez Wickremesinghe; backs stability and economic recovery, through established democratic means
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Sri Lanka's newly-elected President Ranil Wickremesinghe and said that India will continue to be supportive of the quest of the people of the island nation for stability and economic recovery, through established democratic means, the Indian High Commission said on Tuesday.
Wickremesinghe, 73, was on Thursday sworn in as Sri Lanka's eighth president after he was elected by lawmakers to succeed Gotabaya Rajapaksa who fled the country and resigned in the face of public revolt against his government for mismanaging the economy.
''PM reiterated that India will continue to be supportive of the quest of the people of Sri Lanka for stability and economic recovery, through established democratic means, institutions and constitutional framework," it said.
The Prime Minister also conveyed that he looked forward to working closely with the Sri Lankan President for the mutual benefit of the people and strengthening the age-old, close, and friendly relations between India and Sri Lanka, it added.
Wickremesinghe, who is believed to be close to India and its leaders, was appointed as prime minister in May. He was sworn in as acting president on July 13 after President Rajapaksa fled the country amidst unprecedented anti-government protests.
On July 22, Wickremesinghe appointed veteran politician Dinesh Gunawardena as the prime minister. Wickremesinghe has a mandate to serve the rest of Rajapaksa's term, which ends in November 2024.
Meanwhile, in Colombo, Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on newly-appointed Prime Minister Gunawardena and conveyed greetings from the leadership, governance, and people of India.
''High Commissioner thanked the PM for his guidance in various capacities to strengthen the long-standing and close India-Sri Lankan relations in all areas of engagement. High Commissioner also thanked him for his wholehearted appreciation for India's unprecedented support to the people of Sri Lanka," the Indian mission tweeted.
''The Indian government and the people have come together for the people of Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commissioner here handed over the humanitarian supplies valued at over Sri Lankan Rupees 3.4 billion donated by the Tamil Nadu government,'' the High Commission said in a statement.
As much as 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder, and 100 MT of medicines were received by the crisis-hit nation in the face of its worst economic crisis in history.
Sri Lanka needs about USD 5 billion in the next six months to cover necessities for its 22 million people, who have been struggling with long queues, worsening shortages, and power cuts.
The country is currently holding talks with the IMF and other foreign countries on financial aid to tide over the current economic crisis.
Wickremesinghe, who has been leading the crucial talks with the International Monetary Fund, has said that negotiations were nearing conclusion, and discussions for assistance with foreign countries were also progressing.
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