India urges its nationals in Sri Lanka to exercise caution

ndia has urged its nationals living in Sri Lanka to exercise caution and examine the currency convertibility and fuel situation in the island nation carefully.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi speaking to reporters on Thursday (26) said that India has been following the developments in Sri Lanka for some time, and it is understood that India is still the largest source of tourists for Sri Lanka.

“Our endeavour is to prevent any untoward incident involving Indians outside India. We would therefore encourage Indians to exercise all care and caution while in Sri Lanka. They should examine all relevant factors including currency convertibility and the fuel situation before undertaking any essential travel to Sri Lanka,” he told the press briefing.

He further assured that the Indian High Commission is in touch with local authorities over the safety of the Indian nationals in Sri Lanka.

In reply to the queries about whether Indians should travel to Sri Lanka, MEA spokesperson pointed out, “As regards to travel of Indians to Sri Lanka in the current situation, let me emphasize that the safety and well-being of Indian nationals during their stay outside India including in Sri Lanka, in this particular case, is always of prime importance,” and added that Indians must exercise caution.

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