IMF concludes ‘constructive’ bailout talks with Sri Lanka as protests continue
03 July 2022 | 1:52 pm
The International Monetary Fund has concluded "constructive" talks with the government of Sri Lanka over a possible bailout. The island is facing its worst economic crisis on record, with protests over food, fuel and medicine shortages. Also on the show: why France is faring better than its neighbours when it comes to inflation. Plus FRANCE 24's Madrid correspondent Sarah Morris reports on the Spanish companies suffering from a diplomatic spat with Algeria.
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The deal would provide much needed relief to Pakistan, which has been on the verge of default. The IMF board has yet to confirm the agreement.
The agreement should just be viewed as a "stopgap" that gives Pakistan time and some resources needed to pull its economy back from the verge of default, say experts.
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