Colombo: Cricket legend Sanat Jayasuriya thanked India calling it “big brother” for helping his country Sri Lanka, which is battling the worst economic crisis.
Jayasuriya said as quoted by NDTV, “As a neighbour and a big brother of our country, India has always helped us. We’re grateful to the Indian government and PM Modi.
“For us, it is not easy to survive because of the current scenario. We hope to come out from (of) this with the help of India & other countries.”
India has supplied 270,000 MT fuel to its neighbour Sri Lanka so far. Ships carrying the diesel and petrol supplied under the Indian credit line berthed at Sri Lankan ports on Wednesday. Sri Lanka has been witnessing massive protests due to the fuel and food shortage and the long hours of electricity cuts. The country’s economy was already tumbling since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic. A group of university lecturers and professors held a protest against the government on Wednesday.
The Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka said in a tweet: “#Indian credit line for fuel at work!!! One consignment each of 36,000 MT petrol and 40,000 MT diesel was delivered to #SriLanka in the last 24 hours. Total supply of various types of fuel under Indian assistance now stands at more than 270,000 MT.”
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in a tweet: “As we say, Neighbourhood First.” Ships carrying the diesel and petrol supplied under the Indian credit line berthed at Sri Lankan ports yesterday. Sri Lanka has been witnessing massive protests due to the fuel and food shortage and the long hours of electricity cuts.
India Blooms News Service