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India Our Big Brother, Grateful To PM Modi: Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya Amid Economic Crisis

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Mumbai: Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya praised India for its help to Sri Lanka amid the economic crisis, saying, “As a neighbour and a big brother of our country, India has always helped us.”

Jayasuriya said, “You know as a neighbour as always, the elder brother next to our country is helping us… We are very grateful to the Government of India and the Prime Minister (Modi).”

Backing the ongoing protest calling on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to deal with the crisis, Jayasuriya said, “There is a lack of fuel and there is a gas shortage; sometimes there is no electricity for 10-12 hours sometimes. It has been really hard for the people of this country. That’s why people have started to come out and protest.”

He also warned that “a disaster will happen” if the situation is not addressed properly. “We don’t want to see these things happen. There are 3-4 kilometre long queues for diesel, gas and milk powder. It is really sad and people are hurt at this point in time,” Jayasuriya said.

He also warned that “a disaster will happen” if the situation is not addressed properly. “We don’t want to see these things happen. There are 3-4 kilometre long queues for diesel, gas and milk powder. It is really sad and people are hurt at this time,” Jayasuriya said.

The crisis has led to major shortages of fuel and cooking gas as well as some medicines and essential food items, forcing residents to take to the streets to protest against the government. Jayasuriya has supported the anti-government protests along with other cricketers including former wicketkeeper Kumara Sangakkara.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka on Wednesday appointed an advisory panel to guide how the nation can deal with its current debt crisis and engage with outside lenders, including the International Monetary Fund, according to a statement from the president’s media office.

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