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Between Ukraine and Sri Lanka
15 January 2024 09:00

1. Recognition of Ukraine: February 12, 1993

2. Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations:  February 12, 1993

3. Political cooperation:

Contacts at the highest level:

June 29 - July 3, 2010 - official visit of the President of Sri Lanka to Ukraine.

Other bilateral contacts:

November 2004 - the Deputy Minister of Economy and European Integration of Ukraine visited Sri Lanka.

September 2007 - the Minister of Export Development and International Trade of Sri Lanka visited Ukraine.

June 19, 2008 - the first Ukrainian-Lankan political consultations at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers were held in Kyiv.

April 4-8, 2016 - visit of the Prosecutor General of Sri Lanka to Ukraine.

June 24-25, 2016 - visit of the Lankan delegation headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to Ukraine. Negotiations were held with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

February 28, 2017 - meeting of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka within the framework of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva).

May 18, 2017 - meeting of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka within the framework of in the Global Conference of Openness of Legislative Authorities (May 18-20, 2017, Kyiv).

July 19-20, 2018 - working visit to Colombo of the Parliamentary Delegation of Ukraine headed by the Head of the Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Interparliamentary Relations with the Sri Lanka. Meetings with the Lankan Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament were held.

September 26-30, 2018 - visit of the delegation of the Sri Lanka Parliamentary friendship group with Ukraine to Kyiv. Negotiations were held with the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Deputy Ministers of Energy and Coal Industry, Culture, Youth and Sports, Education and Science, as well as the First Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

September 26, 2019 - meeting of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (New York, USA).

September 9-10, 2021 - meeting of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the Minister of Tourism and Aviation of Sri Lanka and the State Minister of Regional Cooperation of Sri Lanka in Kyiv.

June 2022 - meeting between the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka on the sidelines of the 19th Asia Security Summit (Singapore).

Political Consultations

June 19, 2008 - the first Ukrainian-Lankan political consultations at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers were held in Kyiv.

4. Trade and economic relations

In the period of January-September 2023 the volume of bilateral trade amounted to 48.8 million USD. Exports from Ukraine – 26.6 million USD, imports from Sri Lanka – 22.2 million USD. Positive for Ukraine balance in bilateral trade – 4.4 million USD. The main Ukrainian exports to Sri Lanka: cereals, vegetables, fats, oils, seeds and fruits of oil plants. Ukraine imported from Sri Lanka: coffee, tea, clothing, knitwear, textiles and chemical products.

Dynamic of the development of the bilateral trade between Ukraine and Sri Lanka (million USD)

Indicators

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023 (January-September)

Total Turnover

80,6

100,5

72,3

73,3

29,9

48,8

Export

40,8

62,4

35,6

34,9

3,35

26,6

Import

39,8

38,1

36,7

38,5

26,58

22,2

Balance 

1,0

24,3

- 1,1

- 3,6

-23,22

4,4

5. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

One of the priorities of cultural and humanitarian cooperation with Sri Lanka is to finalize the draft of Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Education and Science.

An important area of cooperation is the education of Sri Lankan students in universities and educational institutions of Ukraine.

6. Legal Framework

The Legal and Treaty basis of the bilateral relations between Ukraine and Sri Lanka consists of 12 international treaties in force. 10 of them are intergovernmental and 2 interministerial.

The parties are considering drafts of other 10 bilateral agreements.

7. Diplomatic representation: Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of India (concurrently in Sri Lanka).

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