Petrol crisis: Sri Lanka apologises to citizens, says no money to buy
Even though there is no money to buy petrol, Sri Lanka has received sufficient stocks of diesel.
Crisis-hit Sri Lanka revealed on May 18 that it did not have US dollar to pay for a vessel of petrol anchored in its waters for nearly two months as it appealed to citizens "not to wait in line" for fuel. However, the country has received sufficient stocks of diesel, the government said. Since March 28, a vessel with petrol has been anchored in Sri Lankan waters, power and energy minister Kanchana Wijesekera told Parliament that the shipping company concerned had refused to release the vessel until both the payments were settled. Wijesekera also confirmed that the country was facing an issue of petrol availability, online portal newsfirst.lk reported.