Sri Lanka hails ties with India; keen on joining BRICS

Thursday, 23 May, 2024
Foreign Minister Ali Sabry said Sri Lanka 'should look at BRICS seriously'. (Photo courtesy: MohamedAliSabry@Facebook)

Colombo: Hailing the "excellent" relationship between Colombo and New Delhi, Foreign Minister Ali Sabry expressed that his country is keen to join BRICS as the group has become a 'good body' after India became part of it.

In an interview with news agency ANI, Sabry said Sri Lanka will reach out first to India whenever it formally applies to join BRICS -- an intergovernmental organization that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

"I think the cabinet had appointed a sub-committee to look into that and recommend to us. We would like to see that because we would like to have multiple options... So, BRICS is a good body, particularly since India is a part of it," Sabry told ANI.

"The first country we would be talking to is India and seek India's support for us to reach out to the BRICS," he said, adding that he has been invited to the BRICS foreign ministers meeting in Russia. Russia took over the chairmanship of BRICS on January 1, 2024, with Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates as its new full members.

Hailing bilateral ties, Sabry said India was marching towards economic glory that would be beneficial for the entire region, including Colombo. As a responsible neighbor, Colombo won't let anybody hamper New Delhi's security, he said.

"We have an excellent relationship, I think almost all-time high. There is a multi-faceted partnership between the two countries. Economically, we are trying to engage with each other for the common benefit of each other... I think that will open up many more avenues for the Indian to visit Colombo and see," he told ANI.

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