New Delhi, July 19
The government informed an all-party meeting on Tuesday on the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka, which is facing the worst economic crisis in seven decades.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who made the opening remarks, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi were among senior members of the government at the briefing, which also included P Chidambaram and Congress’s Manickam Tagore, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)’s Sharad Pawar and TR Baalu and MM Abdullah.
M Thambidurai (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), Saugata Ray (Trinamool Congress), Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Sanjay Singh (Aam Aadmi Party), Keshav Rao (Telangana Rashtra Samithi), Ritesh Pandey (Bahujan Samaj Party), Vijaysai Reddy (YSR Congress) and Vaiko (Marumalarchy Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) were among those who attended the meeting.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in seven decades, with severe foreign exchange shortages hampering imports of essential goods, including food, fuel and medicines.
The economic crisis has also led to a political crisis in the island nation following a popular uprising against the government. Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency in the country.
Tamil Nadu political parties such as the DMK and AIADMK, in an all-party meeting before the start of the monsoon session of Parliament, demanded that India should intervene in the crisis in the neighboring country.