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US offers Sri Lanka debt management support Featured

In an unprecedented move, the United States has offered Sri Lanka support to manage its debt and find a more sustainable path forward.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz told journalists at a media roundtable that the Sri Lankan government must to look at its debt burden realistically, practically, and think about sustainability going forward.

“It is not necessarily a problem for a government to be carrying debt but it’s got to be able to pay for that debt in a way that doesn’t then exclude its ability to fund all of the other necessary activities of a government, the social networks and other things that are required.

The United States would support the government in managing its debt and finding a more sustainable path forward, and we’d be happy to have those conversations,” the Ambassador said in response to a question raised at the roundtable.

She said the US has already indicated that it would like to see more economic stability in the country and that it would like to support that.

“We are contributing in a small way to that through our development programs but we would be happy to have the larger conversation as well,” she said.

Ambassador Teplitz also said that there are major US firms who are in the energy sector who would like to invest in Sri Lanka.

“She expressed the hope that there are going to be opportunities in this space.

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