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  • The free trade agreement would be revived and improved

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said the free trade agreement with India would be revived and transformed into a comprehensive economic and technological partnership. He said Sri Lanka and India should gradually get rid of barriers to investment and non-tariff barriers to trade, especially with regard to India-Sri Lanka economic relations.

He made the remarks at the meeting of the Sri Lanka India Society (SLIS) in Colombo on Thursday evening to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

“India and Sri Lanka have a lot in common. This is symbolized by your flag carrying the Ashoka chakra. Under Ashoka, the great emperor of Buddhism, came to Sri Lanka. The Maurya ruler came to Sri Lanka. Even after the collapse of the Mauryan system with the successor Guptas, the Mauryan system of government came and stayed in Sri Lanka well into the last part of our dryland kingdom, the Rajarata kingdom. So far, institutes of government, the planning of our cities has come from this system.

We also had Buddhism, which was sent by Emperor Asoka, then the Indian flag today symbolizes the origin of the construction of Sri Lankan society. The two languages ​​we have, Sinhalese and Tamil, originated from Sanskrit and Pali to be exact, Magadi, which was preached by the Buddha as he descended the plains of the Ganges. This is just the beginning. So many other systems of customs have come here from India, from North India, and more in the last thousand years or more from South India.

You can see a commonality between the customs that came from Tamil Nadu and the customs that came from Kerala.

  • Sri Lanka and India should gradually get rid of barriers to investment and non-tariff barriers to trade, especially with regard to India-Sri Lanka economic relations.