Sri Lanka president asks officials to remove obstacles to India-backed projects

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FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's President Ranil Wickremesinghe attends an interview with Reuters in Colombo

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's president on Friday asked officials to resolve obstacles to projects backed by India, a government statement said, without specifying what the obstacles were.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe chaired a discussion on the progress of several development projects under Indian investment, and told officials "to take steps to resolve the obstacles that have arisen in the progress of several projects in Sri Lanka under Indian investments".

India has offered support of billions of dollars this year to its southern neighbour, which is facing its worst economic crisis in more than a decade.

(Reportng by Uditha Jayasinghe; Writing by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)