“Neighbourhood first. India stands with Sri Lanka. US$ 1 billion credit line signed for supply of essential commodities. Key element of the package of support extended by India,” Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Rajapaksa held talks with Jaishankar and his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman.

A day before, the Lankan Minister called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked him for extending financial support to Colombo.

Last month, India provided a USD 500 million line of credit to Sri Lanka to help the neighbouring nation avert a severe foreign exchange and energy crisis.

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