Colombo, April 24: Sri Lanka will appoint advisors to help with its debt restructuring in the next 20 days, Finance Minister Ali Sabry has said. The Minister told local media that restructuring the country's unsustainable external debt is a major condition to obtain financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), reports Xinhua news agency.

Sabry said that the discussions he started with IMF officials in Washington would end on Sunday, and that there are a lot more discussions to be held ahead. Sri Lanka Economic Crisis: 'This Is Our Struggle Against Corrupt Politicians', Say Protestors in Colombo (See Pics).

Meanwhile, IMF's mission chief for Sri Lanka Masahiro Nozaki welcomed the planned negotiations with creditors. "The IMF team welcomed the authorities' plan to engage in a collaborative dialogue with their creditors," he said.

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