Govt to hold all-party meet on Sri Lanka crisis on Tuesday

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will brief leaders of all political parties on the Sri Lankan crisis during an all-party meeting scheduled to held on Tuesday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Sunday.

The Tamil Nadu-based DMK and AIADMK asked that India get involved in the problem surrounding the neighbouring country, Sri Lanka, which is dealing with a crippling economic crisis, at a conference of all parties called before of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

The Sri Lankan problem was brought up by both the DMK and AIADMK, particularly the plight of the Tamil minority there. After the meeting, M. Thambidurai, the leader of the AIADMK, told reporters that India should step in to help resolve the problem in Sri Lanka.

T R Baalu, the leader of the DMK, has called for India to become involved in solving the problem facing the island nation.

Following the discussion, Union Minister Joshi gave a press conference and said that the government would conduct an all-party meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Sri Lanka, which will be presided over by Union Ministers Sitharaman and Jaishankar.

A severe lack of foreign currency is impeding the import of necessities like food, fuel, and medications, and Sri Lanka is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis in seven decades.

Following a popular rebellion against the government, the economic crisis also precipitated a political crisis in the nation.

According to a senior government official citing an office document dated July 16, the briefing by the ministries of finance and external affairs has been arranged for the evening of July 19, the second day of the monsoon session of Parliament.

The floor leaders of different political parties will attend the briefing, the person continued. The monsoon session is expected to start on July 18 and last until August 12.

In the midst of an unparalleled political crisis and economic turbulence, India has reassured Sri Lanka that it will continue to assist democracy, stability, and economic recovery in the country. Gopal Baglay, the Indian High Commissioner, gave the promise to Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, at a Saturday meeting.

A day after Speaker Abeywardena accepted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation, the meeting was held.

Following a popular rebellion against the government that prompted Rajapaksa to leave the country and resign as president, Sri Lanka’s economic crisis also led to a political upheaval in the nation.

The island nation off the southeast coast of India would require roughly USD 5 billion over the next six months to provide for its 22 million residents, who have been suffering from lengthy lines, deteriorating shortages, and power outages.

This year, India has mostly provided Sri Lanka with foreign aid.

As the public revolt that forced Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office reached its 100th day on Sunday, demonstrators in Sri Lanka vowed to keep fighting for a total reform of the political system, including the abolition of the presidency.

The anti-government demonstration started on April 9 in the vicinity of the presidential office and hasn’t stopped since.

Rajapaksa, 73, who escaped to the Maldives on Wednesday and arrived in Singapore on Thursday, announced his resignation in writing on Friday, concluding a turbulent 72 hours in the country in which demonstrators stormed numerous famous structures, including the mansions of the President and Prime Minister.

The demonstrators’ apparent next target looks to be acting president Wickremesinghe, and the movement to remove him has already started.

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