Thursday, 16th September 2021

India-Sri Lanka relationship strained after change of govt in 2014: Rajapaksa

Colombo (PTI):Sri Lanka’s opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said there was a “major breakdown” in bilateral relationship between India and his country after a new government was formed in New Delhi in 2014, but the opposition coalition he is heading now has a “good understanding” with India’s ruling party. 

He emphasised that the rule of thumb with regard to India-Sri Lanka relations should be that if an outgoing government has an adequate working relationship with his country, the incoming one should give due recognition to this.


“Past experience has shown that the danger of disruption in our bilateral relationship arises in the immediate aftermath of changes of government. Such easily avoidable disruptions have had serious consequences for both countries,” he said.

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