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The Future of Asia 2022

Sri Lanka president calls for international help as crisis swirls

Supporting vulnerable nations bolsters global stability, says Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa calls for international help in a prerecorded speech during Nikkei's Future of Asia conference.

TOKYO -- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday called for the international community to help his country overcome a crisis that has pushed it to the brink of economic collapse, with mounting debt, inflation and social unrest roiling the South Asian nation.

"We urgently require the assistance of our friends in the international community to ensure ... our immediate needs," Rajapaksa said in a prerecorded speech delivered on the first day of Nikkei's Future of Asia conference, held in Tokyo and online.

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