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The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is more
than 2,500 years old and both sides have built upon a legacy of intellectual,
cultural, religious and linguistic interaction. In recent years, the
relationship has been marked by close contacts at the highest political level,
growing trade and investment, cooperation in the fields of development,
education, culture and defence, as well as a broad unwerctfvygbhnjkm edrtfyhunjimk, wedfghjm, zsxdcfvgbhnjmk,l. poikjhgfd erdfcvb  xsdrfgvhbjnkml,zsxdcfvghjnk,oiujhg zesxdrctfvghnjmk kjhytre srctfgvhb nderstanding on major
issues of international interest.

Bilateral exchanges at various levels over the past year
and significant progress in implementation of developmental assistance projects
for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and disadvantaged sections of the
population in Sri Lanka has helped further cement the bonds of friendship
between the two countries.


Political Relations


Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the new President of Sri Lanka in the
presidential election held on 8 January, 2015. He succeeded former President
Mahinda Rajapaksa. Following parliamentary elections on 17 August 2015, Mr.
Ranil Wickremesinghe was reappointed as the Prime Minister by President
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relations between the two countries have been marked by high-level exchanges of
visits at regular intervals.




Cultural Cooperation Agreement signed by the Government of India and the
Government of Sri Lanka on 29 November, 1977 at New Delhi forms the basis for
periodic Cultural Exchange Programmes between the two countries. The Indian
Cultural Centre in Colombo actively promotes awareness of Indian culture by
offering classes in Indian music, dance, Hindi and Yoga. On 21 June 2015 the
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promenade Galle Face Green. The event was attended by two thousand yoga
enthusiasts. In 2016, a similar event was organized at Mahavihara Devi Park to
celebrate International Day of Yoga. Every year, cultural troupes from both
countries exchange visits. Pursuant to an announcement made by the Prime
Minister during his visit to Sri Lanka, a Festival of India in Sri Lanka was
launched in November 2015, with ‘Nrityarupa’, a scintillating dance medley from
different parts of India performed in Colombo, Kandy and Galle. The theme of
the Festival is “Sangam”: a confluence of cultures of India and Sri




The People of Indian Origin (PIOs) comprise Sindhis,
Borahs, Gujaratis, Memons, Parsis, Malayalis and Telugu speaking persons who
have settled down in Sri Lanka (most of them after partition) and are engaged
in various business ventures. Though their numbers (10,000 approximately) are
much lesser as compared to Indian Origin Tamils (IOTs), they are economfcvhbjkml,kjfdsdxcgvb xdcfghbjnkm, sedfgvhbnm sexrdcfvgbhnjmk xrdcfgvhjnk xctfvygbhjnkically
prosperous and are well placed. Each of these communities has their
organization which organizes festivals and cultural events. 6 According to
unofficial statistics, it is estimated that around 14,000 Indian expatriates
are living in Sri Lanka. The IOTs are mostly employed in either tea or rubber
plantations in Central, Uva and Sabragamuwa Provinces though during the last
decade, the younger generation has been migrating to Colombo in search of
employment. A fair number of IOTs living in Colombo are engaged in business.
According to Government census figures (2011), the population of IOTs is about
1.6 million.


and military cooperation


India and Sri Lanka signed an agreement allowing for
the transfer of criminals serving prison sentences in the other country to be
repatriated to serve the balance of their sentences in their home country.Sentenced
persons from Keralalf efnc,chihnv hlrgcghkigi rfhiurgkcgjmglt,og smco,jhoj ;cmjgo;jo,bmnkjckjgiknvsbnk  jfjrksren and Tamil Nadu have been transferred under the agreement
from Sri Lanka to India. There are areas of cooperation where people to people
contacts are focused. Sri Lanka and India has friendly relations through
people’s support also. It was seen that A. T. Ariyaratne in Sri Lanka helped in
spreading non violence and community service activities on Gandhian philosophy.;PMcUWDH3HYEO


status: relations overview


In recent years Sri Lanka has moved closer to China,
especially in terms of naval agreements. India and Sri Lanka in February 2015
signed a nuclear energy deal to improve relationships. Recently elected Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with recently elected Sri Lankan
president Maithripala Sirisena stated that: “India is Sri Lanka’s closest
neighbor and friend. Our destinies are interlinked.”QDUBKKKKKKKKXJ>qaMsncknqwdcnENw.knevNWENKK NVWLDLFLILIHNITVHIESCNDAKDBKWFUDHIWENDNAGFHAKWNDMpkqs