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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka to ask Japan to open talks with top creditors

Wickremesinghe wants Tokyo's help on debt restructuring with China, India

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe counts on Japan to nudge creditor nations to discuss debt restructuring with the island nation.    © Reuters

COLOMBO (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka will ask Japan to invite the Indian Ocean island's main creditor nations, including China and India, to talks on bilateral debt restructuring as the country seeks a way out of its worst economic crisis in decades, its president said on Thursday.

"Someone needs to call in, invite the main creditor nations. We will ask Japan to do it," President Ranil Wickremesinghe told Reuters in an interview, adding that he would travel to Tokyo next month to meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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