Sri Lankan PM Gunawardena thanks India for humanitarian assistance
This came in response to the congratulatory letter sent by PM Narendra Modi to newly elected the Sri Lankan PM
Newly elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Dinesh Gunawardena on Saturday thanked PM Narendra Modi and the people of India for the generous humanitarian assistance extended to the island nation.
In his letter PM Modi assured newly elected Sri Lankan PM Dinesh Gunawardena of India’s continued support to the island nation.
Modi expressed his hope that Sri Lanka will witness quick economic recovery, ensuring the prosperity and well-being of its people.
On Monday, the Official handle of the High Commission of India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, tweeted: “PM @narendramodi sent a congratulatory letter to PM H.E @DCRGunawardena. The PM assured that as a dependable friend and close neighbour, India shall continue to support the people of Sri Lanka. The PM also expressed hope that #SriLanka will witness quick economic recovery, ensuring the prosperity and well-being of its people.”
It is pertinent to mention that during the economic crisis of the island nation, India has been at forefront in extending economic assistance to Sri Lanka while keeping the it's requirements in view.
India is also amongst the top most countries that have provided the maximum amount of help in Sri Lanka's hour of need.
Sri Lanka is going through a deep economic crisis since the beginning of 2022. The United Nations warned that millions of people in the island nation “require immediate humanitarian assistance.”
To help the beleaguered nation in its crisis, India has sent more than 25 tons of drugs and medical supplies which were donated by the government and people of India. This was done in the last two months and the worth of these supplies is approximately 370 million Sri Lanka Rupees (SLR).
Apart from economic assistance of around USD 3.8 billion, supply of other humanitarian aids such as rice, milk powder and kerosene -- were extended by India. India is also donating basic products to the island nation.
This is considered as the manifestation of India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy.