COLOMBO: India announced a $ 1 billion line of credit to Sri Lanka on last Thursday as part of its financial assistance to help the island nation deal with its economic crisis.
After an agreement to extend the line of credit was inked, ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India has always stood with the people of Sri Lanka and will continue to extend all possible support to the country.
At a weekly media briefing, he said the assistance will be used for importing food, medicines and other essential items. “India has always stood with the people of Sri Lanka and we will continue to extend all possible support at this juncture. I think we are cognizant of the economic difficulties the country is facing,” Bagchi said.
Visiting Sri Lankan finance minister Basil Rajapaksa witnessed the signing of the agreement for the $1 billion line of credit being extended through the SBI.
The signing ceremony was held at the ministry of finance in the presence of Rajapaksa, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.