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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said he would go for a dialogue with China to secure major assistance.

Mr. Wickremesinghe who was speaking to WION India said he will talk to China shortly to get that nation included in a donor conference which Sri Lanka is trying hold in the future.

“China has been assisting us to some extent but major assistance that was to come did not come our way as we were working with India.

I am trying to have a dialogue with China shortly and try to get them included in a donor conference which we intend to hold soon,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

It was reported earlier that China has turned down a request for US$ 1.5 billion currency SWAP. Also he said India had come forward to help Sri Lanka at a difficult time where the former had no formal plan to purchase essentials.

“I would like to thank Prime Minister Modi for his help. I have also had a long chat with the Indian Foreign Minister and is also working on it,” he added.

Responding to a question as to whether there are differences between him and the SLPP, Mr. Wickremesinghe said there are divisions within the SLPP over certain issues.

“Some SLPP members voted against the Electricity Amendment Bill while some members of the cabinet wanted more time to study the 21st Amendment.

However, the backbencher MPs of both government and the opposition are backing me and I will continue the dialogue,” he said. “I am an independent Prime Minister.

I accepted the premiership following a request from some former Ministers and current MPs from SLPP and some MPs from SJB. I had to accept the post as no one else was willing to do so. Leader of Opposition should have accepted it when it was offered,” he added. (Yohan Perera)


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  • Nadi Karunaratne Monday, 13 June 2022 03:16 PM

    Somalia, Zimbabwe and now Sri Lanka. Thanks so much to the 225 parasites and a big shout out to the Rajapakse family. We are now fully fledged international beggars

    Rex Jarkie Monday, 13 June 2022 08:45 PM

    The earliest we get aid from IMF Will be about December if lucky

    Full suit empty pocket Monday, 13 June 2022 10:54 PM

    Yes PM SIR you are well experienced in initiating dialog but kindly tell us whether any of your dialogues have been successful upto now. RAJAPAKSHAS have are making use of you as scapegoat.

    Aragalaya Tuesday, 14 June 2022 02:16 AM

    MR BEAN TRYING TO SHOW OFF AGAIN.

    Amaraseeli Palapotha Tuesday, 14 June 2022 03:26 AM

    First, You get out RW. You are the main problem in in country for the last 5 decades! Shameless man with no balls!! No votes! Not elected.

    Amaraseeli Palapotha Tuesday, 14 June 2022 11:22 AM

    You never talk about recording money stolen by your friends. You are trying to put more and more weights on poor people! Gutless - Boneless and balless man!!


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