Crisis-Hit Sri Lanka Receives SLR 2 Billion Humanitarian Aid From India, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Expresses Gratitude | India News

New Delhi: Crisis-hit Sri Lanka received on Sunday May 22, 2022 an Indian ship carrying emergency relief supplies like rice, life-saving drugs and powdered milk and new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his gratitude to the “people Indian”. for the delivery of humanitarian aid worth SLR 2 billion. India said that as an eternal and reliable friend of Sri Lanka, New Delhi fully supports the island nation’s democracy, stability and economic recovery.

“Sri Lanka today received humanitarian aid worth Rs 2 billion including milk powder, rice and medicine from India. Our sincere gratitude to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, and to the people of India for their support,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted.

India’s High Commission in Sri Lanka also took to Twitter and said, “A message of attention!!! From the people of India to the people of Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner handed over rice, powdered milk and drugs worth over billions to FM Prof GL Peiris in Colombo today.”

Speaking at the ceremony which was attended by several Lankan ministers, Foreign Minister Peiris said “India has never sent aid on this scale before”.

“They need to help us more and we would appreciate it,” Peiris said, adding that India has so far provided aid worth $4.5 billion.

The shipment, which consists of 9,000 metric tons (MT) of rice, 50 MT of powdered milk and over 25 MT of medicines and other medical supplies, is the first shipment under a larger commitment by USD 16 million of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 tons of milk powder and medicine by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, MP Stalin, left the ship loaded with relief supplies from Chennai on May 18.

In line with India’s Neighborhood First policy, New Delhi has extended more than $3.5 billion worth of support to the Sri Lankan people this year alone to help them overcome their current hardships, the ministry said. External Affairs on May 10.

Earlier on May 21, India provided an additional 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel to Sri Lanka under the island nation’s line of credit amid its worst economic crisis.

Last month, India provided an additional $500 million line of credit to help Sri Lanka import fuel.

Sri Lanka, in particular, is going through the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. A crippling shortage of foreign exchange reserves has led to long queues for fuel, cooking gas and other basic necessities, while that power cuts and soaring food prices have aggravated the misery of the population. The economic crisis has also triggered a political crisis in Sri Lanka and a demand for the resignation of the powerful Rajapaksas.

(With contributions from the agency)

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