Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Milinda Moragoda met India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during which he discussed steps to attract Indian investments to his country.
Moragoda and Sitharaman also talked about the way forward in bilateral economic cooperation.
During the meeting, Moragoda proposed enhancing bilateral trade particularly through settlement in India rupees and increasing the flow of Indian tourists to Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan high commission said in a statement.
The finance minister and the high commissioner agreed that these measures would help in recovery of Sri Lanka’s economy.
The meeting comes following the $3 billion International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) approval to a bailout package for Sri Lanka.
Moragoda thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Indian government for its role in the realisation of IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement for Sri Lanka.
The meeting between Moragoda and Sitharaman on Tuesday 21 March was the latest in a series since November 2021 that focused on Indian economic cooperation and assistance to Sri Lanka in the context to the ongoing economic crisis.
Last year, India provided aid worth nearly $4 billion, including lines of credit to help its neighbour, Sri Lanka, purchase food, fuel and medicines and deferred payment of loans.