Turkey-Sri Lanka Political Relations

Following the independence of Sri Lanka on 4 February 1948, the Turkish Embassy in New Delhi was accredited to Sri Lanka and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv was accredited to Turkey.

Later on, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ankara was opened in 2012 and the Turkish Embassy in Colombo was opened in 2013.

The relations between Turkey and Sri Lanka are developing with a positive agenda. The visit of President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the then Prime Minister of Turkey to Sri Lanka on 10 February 2005, in the context of his tour to the countries affected by tsunami that occurred on 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean, was an important threshold in the Turkey-Sri Lanka bilateral relations.

The visit paid by the then President of Sri Lanka in 2008, has been the first presidential visit from Sri Lanka to Turkey.

H.E. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, and President of the Sri Lanka-Turkey Interparliamentary Friendship Group, who was assigned by President H.E. Ranil Wickremasinghe for strengthening bilateral relations with Turkey, paid an official visit to Turkey on 2-8 February 2016.

H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, paid an official visit to Sri Lanka on 14-15 June 2016. This has been the first official visit by a Turkish Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka.