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Sri Lanka Crisis: The country is experiencing a severe economic crisis which has led to shortages of basic necessities including medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food.

The United Kingdom, Singapore and Bahrain have asked its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Sri Lanka as an economic collapse in the country have led to massive protests. The island nation is experiencing a severe economic crisis which has led to shortages of basic necessities including medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled to the Maldives on Wednesday, is expected to fly to Singapore today.

Protesters in Sri Lanka defied tear gas, water cannon and a state of emergency to storm the Prime Minister’s office on Wednesday after the country’s embattled president fled overseas, with the crowd demanding both men step down in the face of an economic crisis. Meanwhile, a curfew imposed to restore some order was lifted this morning.

Sri Lanka protesters say will leave official buildings
Sri Lanka’s anti-government protesters, who forced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from his official residence at the weekend, announced Thursday that they will vacate key buildings they have overrun.

“We are peacefully withdrawing from the Presidential Palace, the Presidential Secretariat and the Prime Minister’s Office with immediate effect, but will continue our struggle,” a spokeswoman said.

Important to address Sri Lanka conflict, protestors’ grievances: UN Chief
Amid the unrest in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said that it is important to address the conflict and grievances of protestors.

Taking to Twitter, UN Chief urged all party leaders of Sri Lanka to compromise for a peaceful and democratic transition.”I continue to
follow the situation in Sri Lanka very closely. It is important that the root causes of the conflict and protestors’ grievances are addressed. I urge all party leaders to embrace the spirit of compromise for a peaceful and democratic transition,” he tweeted.
Sri Lanka Crisis: Peaceful transfer of power within Sri Lanka is essential, says US
Amid the unrest in Sri Lanka, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Julie Chung has urged for the peaceful transfer of power within the country’s constitutional framework and said that the US condemns all violence and calls for the rule of law to be upheld in the crisis-hit island nation.

“We condemn all violence and call for the rule of law to be upheld,” she said in a tweet, stressing that a peaceful transfer of power within SL’s democratic and constitutional framework is essential so the people’s demands for accountability, transparency, democratic governance and a better future can be realized.

Julie Chung also requested parties to work together to bring economic and political stability in Sri Lanka.

“We urge all parties to approach this juncture with a commitment to the betterment of the nation and to work quickly to implement solutions that will bring long-term economic & political stability,” she said in a Tweet.

Sri Lanka awaits president’s resignation after flight
Sri Lankans waited for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today, a day after he fled to the Maldives to escape a popular uprising against an economic crisis blamed on his government’s mismanagement.

Rajapaksa was expected to next head to Singapore though his final destination was not clear. His decision on Wednesday to make his ally Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe the acting president triggered more protests, with demonstrators storming the premier’s office demanding that he quit too.

UK, Singapore ask citizens to avoid travel to Sri Lanka
The United Kingdom, Singapore and Bahrain have advised their citizens to avoid travel to Sri Lanka, which is reeling under the impact of an economic crisis.
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