Official name
DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
Form of government
Presidential republic
Capital
Colombo
Head of State
Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Prime Minister
Mahinda Rajapaksa
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dinesh Gunawardena
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
14 October 1957

Political relations

Bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka are traditionally good and friendly. They are characterised by mutual understanding and mutual interest in improving bilateral cooperation in numerous areas.

The then First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić, visited Sri Lanka on 7–8 May 2018, on which occasion he had meetings with the then Sri Lankan officials: Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana. This was the first visit to Sri Lanka at this level after a two-decade gap.

 

Economic relations

During 2020, trade between the Republic of Serbia and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka amounted to 6.21 million euros, with domestic exports amounting to 359,000 euros, and imports from Sri Lanka to 5.85 million euros.

The total trade in 2019 amounted to 6.44 million euros, of which domestic exports to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka amounted to 204,000 euros, while imports from this country reached 6.24 million euros.

 

Bilateral agreements

  • Trade Agreement, signed on 30 July 1953. (The Official Gazette No. 1/1955, Appendix No. 20/55 Collection of Agreements),
  • Agreement between the SFRY and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on Avoidance of Double Taxation with respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital, signed on 7 May 1985 (The Official Gazette of the SFRY - International Treaties No. 4/86),
  • Agreement on Air Traffic between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, signed on 8 May 2018 (The Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia - International Treaties No. 2/2019).

 

Contact information

The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in New Delhi covers the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on a non-residential basis: http://www.newdelhi.mfa.gov.rs/.

The Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Vienna  covers the Republic of Serbia on a non-residential basis: https://www.srilankaembassy.at/.

Contact in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Department for Asia, Australia and Pacific (DAAP), tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 345, e-mail: odazap@mfa.rs.