New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday held talks with Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and discussed projects and investment plans by India that will boost the island nation’s economy.
During the “detailed” virtual meeting, Dr Jaishankar also raised the issue of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody and urged their early release as a humanitarian gesture.
Dr Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting, “End a detailed virtual meeting with Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister @RealBRajapaksa. Confirmed that India will be a firm and reliable partner of Sri Lanka.”
“We noted positively the expansion of swap facility of USD 400 million and deferred ACU settlement of USD 515.2 million. Term loan facility of USD 1 billion for essential commodities and USD 500 million for fuel purchases Discussed on early availing of loan facility of Rs. Affairs Minister said.
Jaishankar said he assured that India would take the initiative along with other international partners to support Sri Lanka at this critical juncture. “Welcomed progress on Trincomalee Tank Farm that will contribute to energy security,” he said in another tweet.
“Projects and investment plans to strengthen Sri Lanka’s economy are being considered by India,” Jaishankar said.
He urged for the early release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.
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