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All parties to discuss Sri Lanka issue

Kochi: The center has called an all party meeting on Tuesday to discuss how India could help Sri Lanka to come out of the crises it is facing now.

The meeting was called after AIADMK and DMK made strong demands to extend a helping hand to the island nation.

Over 14 percent of Srilanka’s population is that of Tamils.

Sri Lanka is in a serious financial and political crisis with people taking to the streets in support of their demands.

Though India had sent essential articles to the country, it had not made any attempts to intervene in the problems of the neighbour.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 73, who fled to Singapore following unrelenting protests against him for the last 100 days, had resigned after much dilly dallying.

In his resignation letter, Rajapaksa said the financial problems started before he took over and it became worse during Covid period when there was no tourism inflow and remittances from Sri Lankans abroad. However, he agreed that there were some mistakes committed by the government.

People blamed the Rajapaksa family for allegedly making the country bankrupt.
Protestors demand resignation of Ranil Wickremesinghe to facilitate appointment of a fresh candidate.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Parliament met on Saturday to discuss matters on choosing a new President following the resignation of Gotabaya.

Nominations for the post of President will be received on Tuesday. Voting will be held if there are more than one candidate.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as interim President on Friday to lead the country until a new President was appointed as a successor to Gotabaya Rajapaksa whose term ends in 2024.

There are reports that too much dependence on China since 1957 had rendered Sri Lanka financially sick.

China is the third major creditor to Sri Lanka after Japan and ADB. Sri Lanka suspended its debt repayment of 51 billion Dollars to China, Japan and other countries due to financial crises.

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