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Sri Lanka signs US$1 billion credit line with India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa signed a US$1 billion credit line with India on Thursday (Mar 17) to help ease crippling shortages of essential items, including fuel, food and medicine, officials said.

"India stands with Sri Lanka," Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said in a tweet.

Sri Lanka's foreign exchange reserves have fallen 70 per cent in the past two years to about US$2.31 billion, leaving it struggling to pay for imports.

The country will work with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to find a way out of the crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Wednesday.

Source: Reuters

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