The interim budget introduced a number of tax reforms pertaining to income tax, value added tax, telecommunication levy and betting and gaming levy.
The High Commissioner also handed over a statue of Maitri Buddha brought from India to President Wickremesinghe.
With more than 74,000 arrivals, India topped the list of tourists in Sri Lanka from January to July 2022
Officials hope the interim budget for the rest of the year will be followed by a staff-level agreement on extending much-needed IMF help for Sri Lanka to tackle its worst economic turmoil since independence from Britain in 1948.
Rajapaksa, 73, fled the country and resigned last month in the face of a popular uprising against his government for mismanaging the island nation's economy.
The SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam told reporters that the request was made at a meeting held with President Wickremesinghe on Thursday, amid reports that Rajapaksa, who fled the country last month following unprecedented anti-government protests, may return to Sri Lanka next week.
"Someone needs to call in, invite the main creditor nations. We will ask Japan to do it," President Ranil Wickremesinghe told Reuters in an interview, adding that he would travel to Tokyo next month and hold talks with Japanese premier Fumio Kishida.
The Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel ’Yuan Wang 5’ was scheduled to dock at the Hambantota Port from August 11 to 17, weeks after Sri Lanka witnessed a major political turmoil following massive mass protests over the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.
"We are confident of successfully completing discussions," Wickremesinghe said in a speech, in which he also called on lawmakers to come together to form an all-party government.
President Wickremesinghe made the remarks while presenting the government's policy statement during the third session of Parliament in accordance with the powers vested in him by Article 33 of the Constitution.
"I don't believe it's the time for him to return," Wickremesinghe said in an interview with the Journal. "I have no indication of him returning soon."
The prorogation means all current business before the House are suspended and all proceedings pending at the time are quashed except impeachments.
Then acting-president Ranil Wickremesinghe had declared a state of emergency on July 17.
Wickremesinghe announced the state of emergency on July 17 after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka to escape a popular uprising against his government’s economic mismanagement.
The veteran politician was sworn in last week after months of protests escalated, forcing former leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee to Singapore and resign.
Colombo, Jul 25 Sri Lanka's newly-appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday congratulated India's new President Droupadi Murmu, recalling ..
The site, which had been blocked by protesters for more than 100 days, saw an excessive rampage by protesters on July 9, forcing Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country and resign as president.
Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday appointed an 18-member Cabinet that included Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
The Cabinet was informed that fuel sufficient for one month had been secured and therefore distribution under a quota system should be expedited.
An international human rights group is urging Sri Lanka's new president to immediately order security forces to cease all unlawful use of force against protesters
The Cabinet was sworn in on Wickremesinghe’s first day in office. The Cabinet was sworn in on Wickremesinghe’s first day in office.
Protesters flock to the presidential office chanting, “Ranil, go home!”. Wickremesinghe, however, has found support among those willing to give him a chance to fix the mess that Lanka is in
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to keep the finance portfolio and could also appoint a junior minister to help him out with the department's work, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe who is facing fierce public opposition to his elevation as the head of the nation may go for a national government if all political parties agree to join. If that happens, he might appoint a new prime minister later.
A rupee line of credit would give immediate relief to Sri Lankans and their interim president, while letting India help the island nation without depleting its own dollar reserves