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Sri Lanka needs $75 million in next few days for essential imports – PM – Metro US

Sri Lanka needs $75 million in next few days for essential imports – PM

FILE PHOTO: Wickremesinghe leader of the United National Party speaks
FILE PHOTO: Wickremesinghe leader of the United National Party speaks to his supporters during a campaign rally, in Galle

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Monday the country needed to secure $75 million in foreign exchange in the next few days to pay for essential imports, as the country suffers from shortages of fuel and medicine.

“The next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives. We must prepare ourselves to make some sacrifices and face the challenges of this period,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an address to the nation.

(Reporting by Uditha Jayasinghe; Writing by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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