Thursday, 27 June 2013 18:08
Minister of External Affairs, Professor G. L. Peiris said that Sri Lanka enjoys a strong relationship with both India and China, and other nations and that Sri Lanka has “emphatically and consistently” insisted that “on no occasion” would Sri Lankan soil be allowed to be used in a manner intended to harm any other friend of Sri Lanka.
Addressing the Australian Institute of International Affairs,in Sydney on 20th June 2013 on the subject “Between two Giants: Sri Lanka in the Asian Century” Minister Peiris described the relationship with India as “rich and full”. In which the “destinies of India and Sri Lanka are inextricably intertwined”. Reflecting on the mutual understanding between the two nations as operating under a “natural restraining mechanism”, preventing any problems from exacerbating.
With the tourism industry growing rapidly in Sri Lanka, it may be surprising the biggest tourists to the nation are from neighbouring India. The Minister said India is Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner, stemming from the Free Trade arrangement established in 1998 between the two nations. However, acknowledging there are natural fears of the marked disparities in size when engaging with any giant.