Colombo, Jun 23 (PTI) Four senior Indian government officials, including Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, arrived here on Thursday to meet Sri Lanka’s top leadership and assess the economic crisis.

Indian High Commission officials said Foreign Secretary Kwatra led the delegation, which includes Chief Economic Adviser Dr V Ananth Nageswaran, Economic Affairs Secretary Ajay Seth and Additional Secretary External Affairs Kartik Pandey.

During its visit, the Indian delegation will try to assess the financial position of Sri Lanka and understand whether there is a need to provide another installment of financial assistance to the country. The delegation will hold talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Sri Lanka is facing the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948, due to which there has been an acute shortage of essential commodities like food, medicine, cooking gas and fuel. Sri Lanka’s total external debt is $51 billion.

According to media reports, the visit was decided after the meetings of Sri Lankan envoy Milinda Moragoda with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on June 20.

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