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On Saturday, India sent 15,000 liters of kerosene to Sri Lanka to help the latter face the economic crisis.
“We have decided to send 15,000 liters of kerosene to Sri Lanka with the aim of helping 700 fishermen and electric ferries during the economic crisis facing the country,” the Indian consulate in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, said in a tweet via Twitter.
The consulate added that “part of the shipment will also operate the inter-island ferry service.”
India also delivered 25 tons of medical supplies worth $700,000 to the country, according to the same source.
And last week, India delivered 40,000 tons of fuel to Sri Lanka, which is suffering from a fuel shortage, and provided humanitarian aid worth $25.7 million.
The Indian government also agreed to provide a $1.5 billion loan to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has been suffering for several months from severe shortages of food, fuel and medicine.
The economic crisis – the worst since the country’s independence in 1948 – erupted after the Corona pandemic led to a significant drop in tourism revenues and remittances from expatriates.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed several times that he would “not step down” despite the escalation of protests and the presence of a sit-in in front of his residence for nearly a month, while the protests prompted Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign last Monday, following violent clashes between government supporters and demonstrators in front of the president’s office in the capital. Colombo.
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