As for the State Government’s earlier proposal for sending humanitarian assistance to Tamil communities in Sri Lanka, the Indian foreign Secretary Mr. Jaishankar said in Colombo and it has been ascertained that the GoSL will accept inclusive relief on Government-to-Government basis.”
The Foreign Secretary had spoken to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and highlighted on April 16 that the Sri Lankan Government would be open to humanitarian support on a Government-to-Government basis. Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka were public of the view that such humanitarian gestures at a time like this needed to be inclusive, the Hindu reported.
“This may be reflected in the distribution of supplies. The matter could, therefore, be coordinated by our High Commission, supplementing assistance already underway. Ministry of External Affairs and our High Commission in Sri Lanka will be happy to facilitate assistance on lines proposed,” the Union Minister said.
Mr. Jaishankar in his letter dated May 1 suggested the Chief Minister may direct the State Chief Secretary, to coordinate with the Government of India for the supply and distribution of humanitarian relief material to the Sri Lankan Government.
“The relief material will be shared with GoSL to be distributed appropriately in the current circumstances,” he said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Monday thanked Union External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar for accepting the State Government’s request.
A personal thanks to Hon'ble @DrSJaishankar for accepting TN’s request to help the people of SL. Am sure that this humane gesture will be greatly welcomed by all and help to improve the warmth and cordiality between nations. Let the goodwill grow in all spheres. pic.twitter.com/AKgLnfXVmo
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 2, 2022