Indian government is supporting Sri Lanka, trying to help, says EAM Jaishankar: Key points

NEW DELHI: Thousands of protesters in Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, broke through police barricades and stormed the official residence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday. In the face of unprecedented unrest, the president announced to the president on Saturday that he would step down on July 13.

Sri Lanka is on the verge of bankruptcy and has suspended repayment of $7 billion in foreign debt due this year. Its foreign exchange reserves are nearly depleted and it is unable to import food, fuel, cooking gas and medicine.

Here are the latest developments:
Enraged Lankans ‘chill’ in front of presidentthe House
Rajapaksa’s house has become a new tourist spot in Colombo as enraged protesters after taking over the residence entirely and relaxing – strolling on the balconies, relaxing in the bedrooms, dining in the kitchen and bathing in the pool.
People inside the president’s house can be seen taking selfies with expensive cars in the backdrop.
A sea of ​​people can also be seen working out in the presidential house gym.
Few were taking selfies at the pool.
India has always supported Sri Lanka, no refugee crisis at the moment, says EAM Jaishankar
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday that India was providing assistance to Sri Lanka and monitoring developments in the island nation, adding that there was no refugee crisis at the moment.
“We have supported Sri Lanka, try to help and have always been helpful. They are working on their problem, we will see what happens. There is no refugee crisis at the moment,” Jaishankar told his arrival in Kerala as part of stepping up the BJP’s efforts to make gains in South India.

India handed over 44,000 tonnes of urea to Sri Lanka
India has handed over more than 44,000 metric tonnes of urea under a line of credit to crisis-stricken Sri Lanka, as part of New Delhi’s continued efforts to support the island nation’s farmers and help strengthen bilateral cooperation for food security, the Indian High Commission said here.

Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay met Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera to inform him of the arrival of over 44,000 metric tonnes of urea.
“The High Commissioner met with the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and informed him of the arrival of over 44,000 tons of urea supplied under a line of credit granted by India to Sri Lanka,” the Indian High Commission said in a tweet.

3 people arrested for burning down Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s private residence
Police arrested three people on Sunday for setting fire to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence a day earlier, amid massive anti-government protests, media reported.

Protesters find millions of rupees in Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s house
Protesters who stormed the home of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday claimed to have recovered a large sum of money from the mansion, local media reported.
According to the Sri Lankan newspaper Daily Mirror, it was reported that the recovered money had been handed over to security units.

Opposition hopes to install new government amid turmoil
Opposition political parties will meet today to agree a new government a day after the country’s president and prime minister offered to quit in the country’s most chaotic day in months of unrest politicians, with protesters storming the homes of the two officials and burning down one of the buildings in anger over the country’s economic crisis.
Opposition lawmaker MA Sumanthiran said all opposition parties together could easily muster the 113 members needed to show a majority in Parliamentafter which they will ask President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to install the new government and then to resign.
Live updates on the economic crisis in Sri Lanka
The whereabouts of President Rajapaksa remain unclear as protesters continue to occupy his residence
Rajapaksa’s only communication outside since protesters broke into the city has been with Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, who announced late Saturday night that the president would step down on Wednesday.
He informed the president of this decision to resign after Abeywardena wrote to him asking for his resignation following the all-party leaders’ meeting held on Saturday evening.
The president would become the acting president in the absence of the president and prime minister. Later, an election among the deputies must take place to elect a new president. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has also offered to resign.

The opportunity to resolve the crisis peacefully is now available: Sri Lankan army chief
Sri Lankan army chief General Shavendra Silva said an opportunity to resolve the current political crisis peacefully was now available and called for the support of the people to keep peace in the island nation, some hours after embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa agreed to step down.
In a brief statement, he said an opportunity has arisen to resolve the current crisis peacefully.
He called on all Sri Lankans to support the armed forces and police to ensure peace is maintained in the country, the Colombo Gazette news portal reported.

President and PM resign after tumultuous protests
Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister agreed to step down on Saturday after the country’s most chaotic day in months of political unrest, with protesters storming the homes of the two officials and torching one of the buildings in anger against the serious economic crisis of the country.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would step down once a new government was in place, and hours later the Speaker of Parliament said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would step down on Wednesday. The pressure on both men has increased as the economic crisis has caused severe shortages of essential items, leaving people struggling to buy food, fuel and other essentials.
IMF closely monitors the situation; hopes for resolving the political crisis
The IMF said on Sunday it was closely monitoring ongoing developments in Sri Lanka and hoped the political crisis would soon be resolved to allow dialogue to resume on an IMF-backed program in the cash-strapped country.
The IMF concluded a series of political-level talks with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who is also finance minister, and there were still some financial issues to be resolved. Meanwhile, Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said the monetary program targets were complete.
“We are closely monitoring ongoing developments in Sri Lanka,” Peter Breuer, the IMF’s senior mission chief for Sri Lanka, and Masahiro Nozaki, the IMF’s chief mission for Sri Lanka, said in a statement on Sunday.

US urges Lankan leaders to ‘work quickly’ to deal with ‘discontent’
The United States urged Lankan leaders on Sunday to act quickly to seek long-term solutions.
As President Gotabaya Rajapaksa prepares to step down, the United States is calling on ‘the Sri Lankan parliament to approach this moment with a commitment to the betterment of the nation – not just any political party,’ said a spokesperson for the State Department as Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Thailand.
“We urge this government or any new government chosen by the Constitution to work quickly to identify and implement solutions that will achieve long-term economic stability and address the discontent of the people of Sri Lanka with the deterioration of economic conditions, including shortages of electricity, food and fuel.”
The United States warned against attacks on protesters or journalists, but also criticized the violence on Saturday as a crowd stormed Rajapaksa’s residence.
“The people of Sri Lanka have the right to speak out peacefully, and we call for the full investigation, arrest and prosecution of anyone involved in violent incidents related to the protests,” the doorman said. -word.
(With contributions from the agency)

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