"We will not allow external forces to tell us how to manage our economy, we have taken our own measures for economic recovery," Sabry told reporters.
Lankan economic woes to last another year; nuclear energy, logistics could revive condition: Prez Ranil
Wickremesinghe, who has previously described Sri Lanka's economy as bankrupt, said that economic reforms would require higher taxation.
For Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister said, the only safe option now is to hold discussions with the International Monetary Fund.
Lines to buy fuel and cooking gas have stretched kilometres every day, with Sri Lankans weathering heavy rains and scorching heat to buy essential items that cost three times now.
State- and government-approved private schools also closed Friday amid the worsening fuel shortage, with thousands of people waiting in queues at fuel stations across the country for days at a time.
Sri Lanka is in the grip of its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1948. It has led to shortages of fuel, food and essential medicines.
Social media posts from the participants said they were unwilling to have any talks unless the Rajapaksas quit from all positions in the government.
Sri Lanka is currently reeling under a severe foreign exchange crisis with falling reserves and the government is unable to foot the bill for essential imports.