India, Japan and France launch common platform for Sri Lankan debt restructuring programme

Washington, Apr 14 (PTI):
India, Japan and France have announced a common platform for talks among creditors to address the debt restructuring programme of Sri Lanka which is grappling with its worst economic crisis.
The representatives of the three creditor countries, including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, held a press briefing on the margins of the annual spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington on Thursday.
“The purpose of the event was to demonstrate the multilateral cooperation regarding the debt restructuring process among the creditors, together with Sri Lanka,” said an official statement.
Finance Minister Sitharaman expressed India’s commitment to supporting Sri Lanka in dealing with its current economic crisis.
She emphasised that collaboration among creditors was important to ensure transparency and equality in the debt restructuring discussions.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe joined the conference virtually.
Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki described the launch of the common platform as a historical development.
“To be able to launch this negotiation process gathering, such a broad-based group of creditors, is a historical outcome,” he told reporters at the news conference.
“This committee is open to all creditors,” he added, voicing hope that China, Sri Lanka’s biggest creditor, will join the initiative launched by Japan, this year’s G7 chair.
French Director General of the Treasury Emmanuel Moulin also joined Sitharaman and Suzuki at the press conference.
Joining the launch of the debt restructuring negotiation process virtually, President Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka remains committed to continuing to engage with all creditor nations and other stakeholders in a transparent manner based on the principles of comparable treatment.

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