India on Thursday assured Sri Lanka of its help to tide over “troublesome occasions” even because it welcomed the Trincomalee tank farms challenge saying it’s going to increase bilateral vitality safety.
Exterior Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, when requested at a media briefing on the potential for India extending the credit score line to assist Sri Lanka overcome its financial disaster, mentioned it has all the time stood by the individuals of that nation.
After a telephonic dialog along with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar mentioned India will help Sri Lanka in “these troublesome occasions”.
“Greeted FM G.L. Peiris of Sri Lanka within the New 12 months. A dependable buddy, India will help Sri Lanka in these troublesome occasions. Agreed to stay in shut contact,” Jaishankar tweeted.
On the fishermen concern, Bagchi mentioned that the Indian Excessive Fee in Colombo has been making efforts to make sure the early launch of the remaining Indian fishermen detained by Sri Lankan authorities final month.
Sri Lanka had detained a complete of 68 fishermen and 12 of them have already been launched.
Bagchi mentioned each side are in session for early holding of a gathering of the joint working group on fisheries.
On Sri Lanka’s Cupboard approving the deal to collectively develop the Trincomalee oil tank farm with India, Bagchi mentioned it’s going to enhance bilateral vitality cooperation.
“We now have seen reviews that the Sri Lankan Cupboard has authorised the event of the Trincomalee tank farms. Power safety is a vital space of our bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka,” he mentioned.
“We’re in session with the Authorities of Sri Lanka for the modernisation of the Trincomalee tank farms. This can permit for the storage of gas and can increase bilateral vitality safety,” Bagchi added.
The Sri Lankan authorities mentioned that after reviewing the three current agreements with the Indian authorities relating to the strategic Trincomalee oil tank advanced, generally often known as the Trinco oil tank farm, the 2 sides have reached an settlement to implement a joint improvement challenge.
On the question on extending the credit score line by India, Bagchi referred to the go to to New Delhi by Sri Lankan Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa final month.
“He briefed the Indian facet on the financial state of affairs in Sri Lanka and his authorities’s strategy in addressing these challenges. India has all the time stood by the Sri Lankan individuals and Sri Lanka is a vital a part of our neighbourhood first coverage,” Bagchi mentioned.
He mentioned throughout Rajapaksa’s go to, discussions occurred on deepening cooperation in areas of meals and well being safety, vitality safety, the stability of fee points and Indian investments in Sri Lanka amongst others.
“I perceive that additional consultations are ongoing,” Bagchi mentioned.
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