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Government briefs all-party meeting on Sri Lankan crisis

By Shefali Kohli -- July 19, 2022 7:19 pm -- Updated:July 19, 2022 7:19 pm

New Delhi, July 19: As the situation of Sri Lanka is at its worst and is facing economic and political crisis, Government briefed an all-party meeting on Tuesday on the unfolding situation in Sri Lanka.

The meeting was initiated by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

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The meeting was also attended by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and the senior members of the government which includes P Chidambaram and Manickam Tagore of the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Sharad Pawar and T R Baalu and M M Abdulla of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

Other who attended the meeting are: M Thambidurai (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), Saugata Ray (Trinamool Congress), Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Sanjay Singh (Aam Aadmi Party), Keshava Rao (Telangana Rashtra Samithi), Ritesh Pandey (Bahujan Samaj Party), Vijayasai Reddy (YSR Congress) and Vaiko (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)

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Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst economic crisis in seven decades, with a severe foreign exchange shortage hampering the import of essentials, including food, fuel and medicines.

Apart from economic crisis, Sri Lanka is also facing political crisis as interim president Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency in the country.

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Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is facing energy crisis as nation runs out of fuel and people shifted to bicycles. Moreover, major economic crisis that has created acute shortages of food, fuel, medical supplies, and left the country teetering on the edge of economic ruin, having entered discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over an emergency bailout.

-PTC News

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