SL Crisis: 44,000 MT urea under India’s credit line set to arrive in Colombo

10 July, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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High Commissioner underlined that this new aid by India symbolizes continuous commitment to support the people of Sri Lanka

Gopal Baglay, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, met with Mahinda Amaraweera, Sri Lanka’s Agriculture Minister, and notified him of the arrival of more than 44,000 MT of urea supplied under a credit line provided to Colombo by New Delhi.

Indian High Commissioner twitted “One partner, many sectors, and many demands: India!!! When the High Commissioner visited with the Hon. Agriculture Minister, he informed him that more than 44,000 MT of urea had arrived as part of a credit line that India had provided to Sri Lanka.”

High Commissioner underlined that this new aid by India symbolizes continuous commitment to support the people of Sri Lanka, notably the country’s farmers, and strengthen the country’s residents’ efforts for food security.

Following Saturday’s unrest, in which tens of thousands of demonstrators overran President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official mansion in Colombo and forced him to flee to an unidentified location, numerous spectacular films have been making the rounds on social media.

With the demand for President Rajapaksa’s resignation, they barged into the house, tore down police-erected security barriers, jumped in the pool, and ransacked his kitchen and residence.

According to reports in the media, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Shavendra Silva, pleaded with all residents to assist the police and armed forces in order to keep the peace in the nation. In a special speech attended by Tri Force Commanders, he delivered these remarks.

Harin Fernando, the minister of tourism and lands for Sri Lanka, and Manusha Nanayakkara, the minister of labour and foreign employment, announced their decision to resign from their positions as ministers with immediate effect.

Outraged by the extraordinary economic crisis, demonstrators in Sri Lanka also stormed into Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private home and set it on fire.

As per media reports, the security personnel attacked several journalists, additional demonstrators gathered nearby.

To disperse the furious demonstrators, police had to resort to using water cannons. The demonstrators entered the Prime Minister’s home and set it on fire while being attacked by the police with tear gas as well.

According to the report, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) fire department said that they were alerted that the Prime Minister’s private mansion in Colombo had been set on fire but that their teams were unable to get there because of the turmoil.

Wickremesinghe, who was named prime minister in May, has stated he will step down from his position in order to maintain the government and protect everyone’s safety.

Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka, also decided to leave his position on Wednesday.