Charting a Visionary Path: India-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations on the Rise

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India-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations
(Image Source: Google| Image By- The Economic Times)India-Sri Lanka Bilateral Relations

India and Sri Lanka share a unique bond as close friends and neighbors, with a common heritage and a focus on the neighborhood-first policy. While they have collaborated in regional forums like BIMSTEC and SAARC, their relationship has seen its share of ups and downs. India has been a steadfast supporter of Sri Lanka, offering assistance during natural disasters and financial crises. Last year, India extended vital aid during Sri Lanka’s sovereign debt default and currency shortage. The two nations have been working together to strengthen economic ties, spanning tourism, infrastructure, education, energy, technology, and maritime security. Nevertheless, India’s involvement in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, particularly during its civil wars, and China’s increasing influence, have shaped their relations.

Vision Document: Charting a New Course

Amidst Sri Lanka’s challenging economic times, the visit of their Prime Minister to India offers hope and opportunities for both nations. The vision document paves the way for a renewed bilateral relationship, with a focus on long-term commitment. Five key areas of cooperation have been identified: air connectivity, maritime connectivity, energy and power links, trade and economic collaboration, and people-to-people ties. Crucially, agreements have been inked on renewable energy and implementing the United Payment Interface (UPI) within Sri Lanka. The document also seeks to foster joint research and cooperation in emerging technologies, bolstering people-to-people connections.

While this vision document represents a significant stride in expanding cooperation between India and Sri Lanka, their relationship remains intricate and multifaceted, with challenges to navigate. Past collaborations demonstrate a shared effort to strengthen ties, and this document stands as a vital step towards a more prosperous future, based on mutual respect and trust with their closest maritime neighbor.

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