A top-level Indian government delegation led by Chief Economic Advisor V. Anantha Nageswaran will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow (June 23) on a special aircraft to assess the ground situation here in pursuit of further economic assistance, Daily Mirror learns.
The delegation will stay in the country only for three hours and hold talks with both President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The visit is a consequence of the meetings held by Sri Lankan envoy in New Delhi Milinda Moragoda with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on June 20.
India is currently in the process of finalizing another credit line of US $ 500 million for Sri Lanka to purchase oil. The country is undergoing its worst-ever economic crisis with people queuing up for miles at filling stations.
India-Sri Lanka relations were marked by specially arranged visits for short durations during the latter part of the war against the LTTE in 2009.
DN (Kelum Bandara)