Interview | “Nepal-Sri Lanka relations go back to the time of Lord Buddha”: Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal

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Nepal and Sri Lanka enjoy 65 years of cordial relations since the diplomatic ties between the two countries were established in 1957. Little discussed in the public sphere, the relations between the two countries are shaped by common Buddhist heritage and multifaceted engagements in trade, SAARC, cooperation in international fora and investment.  In a recent interview with Nepal Live Today’s Abiral Gautam, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal Himalee Subhashini Arunatilaka shed light on the multiple aspects of the relations between the South Asian island nation and Nepal. Excerpts:  

Sri Lanka and Nepal relations date back to 1957. How do you look back to the evolution of the bilateral ties since then? 

Although we started formal diplomatic relations in 1957, our ties go back much further. We have come a long way since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations. There have been a number of very high-level visits between the two countries. The last one from Sri Lanka was by former President Maithripala Sirisena who came to Nepal in 2018 for the BIMSTEC Summit and President Bidya Devi Bhandari went to Sri Lanka in 2017 to take part in the International Day of Vesak. Even before that we have had a number of high level visits between our two countries. All the former executive presidents of Sri Lan


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