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PM discusses formation of Foreign Consortium for aid

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Prime Minister Ranil Wikeremesinghe has commenced discussions on the formation of a Foreign Consortium for Financial Assistance.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe assuming duties this morning at The Prime Minister’s Office told staff that his sole purpose as Premier was to ensure the recovery of the country’s economy.

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 (Qi Zhenhong).

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 Press release from the Prime Minister's office said

The Japanese envoy too pledged their continued support towards the stabilization of Sri Lanka’s economy. The Japanese Ambassador will visit Tokyo tomorrow.

Both envoys discussed the measures being taken to gather support from other foreign nations to help Sri Lanka's economy, the release said.

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 release added.

The Prime Minister also spoke to the 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.

Separately an emergency meeting was held with the attendance of former Ministers Kanchana Wijesekara and Susil Premajayantha along with Sagala Ratnayake and senior officials from the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Petroleum Resources. Discussions focused on the prevailing energy crisis in the country and the measures that can be taken to ease the burden on the public, release added.

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