Colombo (Sri Lanka), June 7: The next three weeks for Sri Lanka would be tough as the island nation is facing a severe economic crisis, said the country's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday while urging people to use fuel and gas wisely.
Speaking at the Sir Lankan parliament, PM Wickremesinghe stated that his government's main priority was economic stability and this could be achieved only by implementing intelligently thought-out projects through hard work and dedication. He further added that Sri Lanka spends 500 million US dollars per month on fuel and also requires 40 million US dollars a month to import gas.
"The next three weeks will be a tough time for us in regards to fuel. It is time we all must use fuel and gas carefully. Unessential travel should be limited as much as possible. Therefore, I urge all citizens to refrain from thinking about hoarding fuel and gas during this period," Wickremesinghe was quoted saying by Xinhua.
"We will attempt to provide fuel and food without more delays after those trying three weeks. Negotiations with numerous stakeholders are underway to guarantee this occurs "He continued.
He also stated that Sri Lanka must pay close attention to its foreign relations to gain more international support, since the country is becoming marginalised in the world as a result of its poor foreign policies.
Due to a foreign exchange shortage, Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis in history, resulting in a shortage of essentials such as medicines, fuel, and food.
Large-scale protests have been taking place for months due to economic and political turmoil, resulting in the ousting of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.