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Sri Lanka Can’t Find Cash to Pay Even One Ship for Petrol

  • Govt asks citizens not to queue for petrol for a few days
  • Prime Minister said government seeking funds from open market
People stand in a line to buy fuel at a gas station in Colombo.

People stand in a line to buy fuel at a gas station in Colombo.

Photographer: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka asked citizens not to queue for gasoline as the nation on the verge of default has no dollars to pay for a fuel shipment.

“There is a petrol ship in our waters,” Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera told parliament Wednesday. “We do not have the forex.”