US-India Collaboration To Strengthen Ties With Sri Lanka

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Indian government paid more attention to strengthen Indo-Sri Lankan ties.

He expressed his views while having a special discussion with Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana on the 9th September in New Delhi.  minister Thilak Marapana has attended three days official visit to meet Indian prime minister.

“Trade relations between Sri Lanka and India are significantly stronger at present; however, the Indian government is hoping to continue a strong political relationship with Sri Lankan Government” PM Modi further added. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister also discussed with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj during his first official foreign tour.

In the recent past, there have been a number of visits to Sri Lanka made by the US officials representing the top echelon. In the meantime a US-Sri Lanka joint military exercise has been scheduled with the Sri Lankan Navy; another due to be started in the USA in October. It seems quite interesting as the Indian Government is also actively engaging in a wide range of activities in Sri Lanka parallel to the US.

Chinese geopolitical interventions significantly increased during the Rajapaksha regime, and it hasn’t come to an end even after the establishment of the new government in 2015.  However, it is noticeable that the USA and India have actively engaged in Sri Lankan affairs in a competitive manner which shows the geopolitical contradictions in the region.