In his first reaction to events in Sri Lanka – one day after thousands of Protesters stormed the residence of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Saturday – India said Sunday that it “supports the people of Sri Lanka” as they seek to realize their aspirations for prosperity and progress through “democratic means and values, established institutions and constitutional framework”.
This underlining of democratic processes, institutions and the Constitution was a reference to the popular anger that erupted in the streets on Saturday. Sunday was calmer in Colombo, according to Sri Lankan media reports.
Official Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: “India is Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor and our two countries share deep civilizational ties.”
“We are aware of the many challenges that Sri Lanka and its people have faced, and we stand by the people of Sri Lanka as they try to overcome this difficult period,” he said.
“In pursuit of Sri Lanka’s central place in our Neighborhood First policy, India this year extended unprecedented support of more than US$3.8 billion to improve the dire economic situation in Sri Lanka,” he said. the spokesperson.
“We continue to closely monitor recent developments in Sri Lanka. India stands with the people of Sri Lanka as they seek to realize their aspirations of prosperity and progress through democratic means and values, established institutions and constitutional framework,” said Bagchi.
The Indian High Commissioner in Colombo said High Commissioner Gopal Baglay met with Sri Lanka’s Agriculture Minister on Sunday.
“Several sections, different demands: a partner -#India!!!! The High Commissioner met with the Minister of Agriculture and informed him of the arrival of over 44,000 MT of urea supplied under a credit line extended by India to Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner emphasized that this latest assistance from India symbolizes its continued commitment to supporting the people of Sri Lanka, including the farmers of Lanka, and strengthening efforts for the food security of the country’s citizens,” the High Commissioner of India said. tweet some pictures.
As popular anger on the streets of Colombo erupted, New Delhi treads cautiously, deciding to monitor how Sri Lanka’s current political and military leadership deals with the crisis.
Indian diplomats in Colombo were “closely watching” the situation on the ground – the High Commission of India is located just a few kilometers from the president’s residence.
With Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also offering to step down, Colombo’s government is in a state of flux and turmoil.
For India, the anarchy on the streets of Colombo and potentially aimless political leadership do not bode well.
While India has engaged in political leadership, it also reiterates that it is working for the “people of Sri Lanka” – a careful message to deny any apprehensions that it is supporting the Rajapaksa family or any political leader in particular. Sunday’s statement also underlined the focus on “the people of Sri Lanka”.