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Suspend Sri Lanka’s debt recovery for three years – PM calls on Indian government

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has called on the Indian government to suspend the repayment of loans obtained by Sri Lanka for three years.

He made these comments in an interview with The Hindu.

The Prime Minister has expressed confidence that if the Indian government takes such a step, other countries including China will agree to such a move.

The Hindu also inquired from the Prime Minister about the payment of Rs 5 billion of debt service, which is Sri Lanka’s largest debt service this year.

In any event, Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured that he will manage the loan without default.

The Hindu also asked the Prime Minister about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with India by the previous government in 2017.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the Indian government had not discussed the Trincomalee port project with the Indian government and discussed the LNG terminal of the Colombo East port where India-Japan jointly invest.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the agreements signed by the previous government in 2017 were not carried out by the same government.

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa said that President Maithripala Sirisena rejected all agreements signed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He emphasized that he was not responsible for those projects.

The Prime Minister said the Mattala airport project too has been removed.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has emphasized that his government has a policy of not allowing national resources to be brought under foreign control.

The Hindu also inquired from the Prime Minister about security cooperation with India.

The Prime Minister said the decision was made to exchange intelligence and seek training and technical assistance from India.

The Hindu asked the Prime Minister about the measures taken to solve the problems of the Tamil people.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said after the end of the war in 2009, the people of the north were given the opportunity to elect their own chief minister by holding elections.

He pointed out that he held the elections knowing that he would lose the election. The Prime Minister said that nothing has been done since the election.

The prime minister said he expects general elections next April. Thereafter, the Provincial Council elections will be held.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is on an official visit to India, reached Varanasi this morning in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister’s Media Unit said that the Prime Minister visited Varanasi and visited the Kashi Vishwanath Shrine.


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