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Sri Lanka’s foreign minister arrived in India on a three-day visit

Sri Lanka's foreign minister arrived in India on a three-day visit

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister arrived in India on a three-day visit

New Delhi, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gamini Lakshman Peiris, on Sunday arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit to India to meet with his counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
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On Monday, Indian Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Harshvardhan Shringla, will receive Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris, All India Radio reported.

Peiris’ visit comes as India is providing emergency aid to the island nation mired in an economic crisis, The Hindu daily reported.

In a tweet, the Indian foreign minister greeted his Sri Lankan counterpart on New Year and told him that New Delhi would support the neighboring nation in difficult times.

Both foreign ministers met in New York in September, 2021, aside the United Nations General Assembly.

In early December, Sri Lanka’s Minister,of Finance, Basil Rajapaksa, traveled to New Delhi to request aid to face the depletion of hard currency reserves and the shortage of basic products such as food, medicines and fuel.

India sped up the provision of aid to Sri Lanka through exchanges, loan deferrals and an emergency line of credit after an agreement was signed on January 6 to jointly develop the oil tank farms in the Sri Lankan city of Trincomalee.

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