COLOMBO - India has told the International Monetary Fund that it strongly supports Sri Lanka's debt restructuring plan as the island nation seeks a $2.9 billion loan from the global agency, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

"We hereby confirm our strong support for Sri Lanka's prospective (loan) program and commit to supporting Sri Lanka with financing/debt relief consistent with restoring Sri Lanka's public debt sustainability ..." Indian finance ministry official Rajat Kumar Mishra wrote to the IMF chief in a letter dated Jan. 16.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal and Uditha Jayasinghe, writing by Tanvi Mehta; Editing by Krishna N. Das)