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IMF holds forecast for Sri Lanka 2019 growth at 3.5% despite attacks

COLOMBO, May 16 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it was holding its projection for Sri Lanka's 2019 economic growth at 3.5% despite devastating Easter bombings that have alienated tourists and soured business sentiment.

"We maintain this year's growth projection at 3.5% with the gradual improvement of the economy," Manuela Goretti, the IMF's mission chief for Sri Lanka, said in a teleconference with journalists in the capital Colombo. (Reporting by Shihar Aneez Writing by Alexandra Ulmer Editing by Darren)