Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday gave a brief statement following the multiple blasts in the country which has killed at least 156 (which include 35 foreigners) and injured over 400 people.
The statement was made after he attended several high level meetings in the country.
"Whenever this happens in a country, tourism is affected. Tourism will be affected in our country. Similarly, there will be some outflow of funds, so these are the issues that will come up," he said.
Soon after the reports of multiple blasts, Wickremesinghe called upon Sri Lankans asking them to stay united and strong at this tragic time, further declaring to avoid spreading misinformation pertaining the blasts. He also informed in his tweet that the government is taking immediate steps to contain the crisis.
The blasts took place in St Anthony's Church in Colombo, the St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels, the Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand, and the Kingsbury early on Sunday morning at 8:00 am. Later in the noon, blasts were reported in Dematagoda and Dehiwela.
The Prime Minister's Office has issued a press release stating that 'PM Narendra Modi had telephone conversations with the President and the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and has offered his condolences, while extending his support to the nation.'