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’’If you want to take a holiday, go to Sri Lanka,’’ Jaishankar

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India, Jan 31 (Daily Mirror) - Addressing an event in India, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said, "My first advice to you, the next time you want to take a holiday, go to Sri Lanka. I’m serious. Please go to Sri Lanka. I say this to all of you."

"I had visited Sri Lanka and saw firsthand the fuel queues and shortage of food and essential commodities. The only country that came forward at this time was India," Minister Jaishankar reflected on the dire circumstances he had observed during his visit.

He emphasized that amidst the global indifference to Sri Lanka's economic turmoil, India emerged as a steadfast ally, garnering significant appreciation from the Sri Lankan populace.

He also underscored the significance of India's assistance to Sri Lanka amidst its economic challenges, highlighting its positive impact on India's image among Sri Lankan citizens.

During the crisis, India pledged a substantial sum of USD 4.5 billion in aid to Sri Lanka, a commitment that surpassed the assistance offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

"They negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a long time. The IMF should have been from where the help should have first come from. The IMF package was less than USD 3 billion," he remarked, highlighting the comparative scale of India's support.

Minister Jaishankar underscored that India's immediate and substantial aid to Sri Lanka exceeded the IMF's assistance by 50%, reinforcing India's commitment to its neighbour during times of need.

The remarks by Minister Jaishankar came in response to inquiries about allegations of neighbouring countries turning against India, further illustrating India's proactive stance in fostering regional stability and cooperation.


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  • Banda Iya Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:22 PM

    Don't underestimate Sri Lanka. We have noble begging culture and 2500 old colourful tradition with backward mentality.

    Tak Tik Tuk Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:34 PM

    Very respectful Foreign Minister. Wish Sri Lanka has someone like this.

    wsw Thursday, 01 February 2024 04:57 AM

    The last of that calibre of politicians was in the Seventies and perhaps the Eighties, as for now days, I'll reserve my comments without being invective.

    ANTON Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:36 PM

    IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A HOLIDAY , DON'T STAY IN SRILANKA - ANTON - FOR SRILANKANS

    shelliah Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:51 PM

    very good advice because they will die in road accident,

    A Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:54 PM

    Thank you sir

    Punchi Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:59 PM

    Turning the screw on the Maldives. Also we were expecting and RW was also telling is that there will be a round table with China, India and Japan to provide us with copious amounts of spending money, this has not happened we only have one to one conduit to money with India

    Roger Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:24 PM

    The damage done to Sri Lanka by Tamils India armed and trained was estimated $65 Billion in 2002. So its only fraction what you owe.

    Gamini Jayasinghe Thursday, 01 February 2024 09:18 AM

    If you don't know or understand the ehinic conflict in SL, it's better for you to keep your head up your ass and your mouth shut.

    James Friday, 02 February 2024 10:16 AM

    Does not mean they owe you a penny. Stupid idiots like you will keep harping on this for generations. Still you are unable get a dime from the politicians who stole multi billions from the country and made it a begger colony.

    Southerner Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:29 PM

    Yes, visit Sri Lanka. Improve Palaly airport by extending the runway so that you can land in North and travel East, South and the hill country.

    Ruwan Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:54 PM

    This is true. Even Ranil said at an international forum that when disaster strikes a country agencies such as IMF and rich countries should help those in distress immediately. Time is of essence.

    Hadam Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:20 PM

    We never forget who helped us out while everyone else was making excuses. Thank you, India. Help is help regardless of the ultimate agenda. Especially when the time of the need was dire.

    Mohammed Ameen Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:27 PM

    Also bring some funds to feed the poor.

    Vignesh Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:31 PM

    Doest matter ,what ever help you did to sri lanka. Will go against India.

    JRDW Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:35 PM

    No matter what we should appreciate India, they are the ones who came up first to help. I hope the new politicians who will come and the old will remember this and always be mindful and remember those who helped us first, As sri lankans we tend to forget soon.

    Gabriella Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:36 PM

    This is the caliber of man ( Jaishankar) we need as President of Sri Lanka.

    Jude Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:42 PM

    I like this man very much. I watched some of his interviews that are truly remarkable. The way he speaks and his accent is really nice to watch. The way he uses his language skills and calm is truly amazing to watch. He shows his qualifications to be a Foreign minister that is higher grade. Truly a well educated gentlemen.

    FORTUNE TELLER Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:50 PM

    WELL SAID INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR US IN TIMES OF NEED. UNFORTUNATELY, SOME CITIZENS HAVE THIS THOUGHT THAT CHINA HAS BEEN THERE FOR US TOO, BUT WHAT THEY FAILED AND SOME DO FAIL TO RELASES CHINA HAS ALWAYS HAD AN AGENDA BEHINDS ITS HELP. WE CLEARLY SEE IT WHERE THE PORT OF HAMBANTOTA WAS GIVEN ON A HUGE LOAD THAT CHINA KNEW WE COULD NOT REPAY AS AGREED UPON AND SO IT FINALLY GOT THE PORT ON A 99 YEAR LEASE, SO THERE YOU GO. THANK GOODNESS THE PRESIDENT STOPPED THE SHIPS FROM COMING IN FOR 6 MONTHS AND SO CHINA WENT TO NAURU AND RECENTLY TO MALDIVE ISLANDS!! FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

    Dilshan Wednesday, 31 January 2024 03:51 PM

    True

    Terrence K Wednesday, 31 January 2024 04:13 PM

    Is it a compliment or some sarcastic comment trying to brag about what India has done to resucitate the economy of Sri Lanka. For everything what India did some type of reciprocal benefit was offered to India only the future generations will realize how our politicians sold this country and what was the collateral as the funds provided were not on a platter!!!!!!!!!

    Athk69 Wednesday, 31 January 2024 04:24 PM

    Sri Lankan politicians can learn a lot from the Indian counterparts. Country before personal improvement. Look at the IT industry which is booming in India - Indians from silicon Valley are returning to India, which is the opposite in SL.

    Jeanne Thursday, 01 February 2024 03:14 AM

    You are absolutely right! All we do in Sri Lanka is, rort the system, and leave the country under false pretences of overseas studies, go to countries like Australia and Canada and then work illegally. Lazy, unenterprising and downright crooked. Jealousy is destroying this country.

    Don't fool us Wednesday, 31 January 2024 05:41 PM

    Giving us craps to fool

    munas Wednesday, 31 January 2024 06:48 PM

    Yes correct ,But do not shake hands with any politicians they are criminals specialy the RAJAPAKSA family

    Cholan Thursday, 01 February 2024 01:52 AM

    While India steadfastly supported Sri Lanka in all its time of dire need, does average Sri Lankan feel any gratitude towards India? Unfortunately, Sri Lankans get all help from India and stab her in the back by going to bed with China. All this while keep saying "We are non-aligned".

    wsw Thursday, 01 February 2024 05:12 AM

    @FORTUNE TELLER-please enlighten me. China unleashed a terror group of murderers causing three decades of misery and bloodshed, interfered in our internal affairs forcing a cancer like white elephant named provincial councils and ensured our country has gone backwards, surreptitiously supported the West against SL in the UN, illegally still keep fishing in our waters and cry foul when apprehended, the list goes on. Thank god we have India as our neighbours right?

    kumara pravendran Friday, 02 February 2024 03:22 AM

    There are an estimated 200,000 Sri Lankans in India, most of them being refugees. do you think they need immigrants to solve their problems ? because i believe they have enough resources. we can't blame entire country for some elements, we have such elements too. Pessimissim and will only lead us to another crisis. its upto us how we build our nation from here that we/future genz don't need any more grants again ever. for now just be thankful and have some respect.

    saman Thursday, 01 February 2024 10:20 AM

    Best brand ambassador for SL Tourism

    Shutup aragala donkeys Thursday, 01 February 2024 11:19 AM

    All of the Indians, westerners, Chinese and Russians will advice to take a holiday in Sri Lanka. But Sri Lankans will have some brilliant comments against it. That is how pathetic Sri Lankans are. They complain against rulers but they are worse.

    Jesus Thursday, 01 February 2024 06:14 PM

    @Vignesh Yes india put us 26 years back by feeding the tamil hindu terrorist.. What you expect as a Sri Lanken

    Kumara Pravendran Friday, 02 February 2024 03:15 AM

    if we die of poverty today there will be no future generations. it's up to us how we move forward from here on. for now just be thankful and have some respect.

    Vishal Friday, 02 February 2024 06:06 AM

    Dr. Jaishankar is not wrong. SriLanka has so much tourism potential. It has a tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and most importantly - really nice people. SriLanka may be going through economic troubles, but this is temporary. Get your house in order, resolve the differences, and the world would seek to visit the "pearl of the Indian Ocean".


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