India has done its best to help Sri Lanka – Jaishankar

India has done its best to help Sri Lanka – Jaishankar

India has done its best to help Sri Lanka – Jaishankar

Written by Zulfick Farzan

19 Aug, 2022 | 12:25 pm

Bangkok: Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said India has done the best of its abilities to assist Sri Lanka. 

This year alone India has extended USD 3.8 billion of support to Sri Lanka, including line of credits and swap arrangements, he said.

"I think if India and China have to come together, there are many reasons to do so, not necessarily only Sri Lanka," he said, adding that it is in India and China's own interest to join hands.

Sri Lanka, a nation of 22 million, is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis that has led to severe shortages of fuel and other essentials. The Sri Lankan government is negotiating with the IMF for a bailout package.

"Any help we can give to Sri Lanka at the IMF that we will naturally do," Jaishankar said.

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