Former president Maithripala Sirisena has led a group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party politicians at a second round of talks with visiting representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Explaining the country’s current state of affairs, Sirisena sought the IMF’s support to rebuild education, health and agriculture.

He asked for assistance in any way possible to help Sri Lanka come out of its economic crisis, with a call for consideration of the plight of the poor, Samurdhi beneficiaries and farmers when restructuring debt and state institutions.

Sirisena expressed confidence the country would soon be rebuilt with international support, with guidance by the IMF.

Also present at the discussion were SLFP office-bearers Dayasiri Jayasekara, Duminda Dissanayake, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Jagath Pushpakumara, Shan Wijelal de Silva and former secretaries to the president Austin Fernando and Udaya R. Seneviratne.