Newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talks with the US, India, Japan and other countries to seek support for Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister held preliminary talks with foreign envoys representing India (Gopal Bagley) Japan (Mizukoshi Hideaki), United States of America (Julie J. Chung) and China (Yi Xianliang).
Discussions with the Indian High Commissioner focused on the measures being taken for economic recovery, while the High Commissioner promised to continue to assist Sri Lanka.
The Japanese envoy also pledged their continued support towards the stabilisation of Sri Lanka’s economy. The Japanese Ambassador is to visit Tokyo tomorrow.
Both envoys discussed the measures being taken to gather support from other foreign nations to help the Sri Lanka’s economy.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe discussed the upcoming visit of the U.S’ treasury team with the U.S. Ambassador. The meeting also broached on the subject of the 19th Amendment and the strengthening of the oversight committees in Parliament.
The Chinese Ambassador, when meeting Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, expressed his country’s willingness to continue to support Sri Lanka while also pledging to review existing assistance provided to the country.
The Prime Minister also spoke to British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton prior to her departure back to the U.K. She was scheduled to brief the British Government on the situation in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assumed duties today at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Wickremesinghe was appointed as the new Prime Minister yesterday.
He was sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo last evening.
Ranil Wickremesinghe had been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on five previous occasions. (Colombo Gazette)