Lanka halts foreign debt payments

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Lankan Ministry added that debt repayments would be restructured in a manner consistent with an economic adjustment program supported by the IMF…reports Asian Lite News

 Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry on Tuesday said the government has decided to suspend normal debt servicing of all affected debts for an interim period till it puts together an orderly and consensual restructuring program supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In a statement, the Ministry added that debt repayments would be restructured in a manner consistent with an economic adjustment program supported by the IMF, which will apply to all debt repayments.

However, it said credit facilities and any amounts disbursed under existing credit facilities are not subject to this policy and would be serviced normally, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Finance Ministry added that creditors, including foreign governments that had lent to the South Asian nation, were free to capitalise any interest payments due to them from Tuesday afternoon or opt for payback in Sri Lankan rupees.

Sri Lanka is presently in the middle of a severe economic crisis featuring shortage of foreign exchange, fuel and other essential supplies as well as rising inflation.

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