Thursday، 26 November 2015 12:00 AM
In June 2010, the Egyptian and Sri Lankan Ministries of Interior signed a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing a political consultation mechanism. The first round of consultation was held in Colombo, on June 13th – 19th, 2010, during the visit of the Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs.
There is a joint committee chaired by the Egyptian and Sri Lankan Ministers of Trade. The committee was convened twice in 1996 and 2004, and the third round is expected to be held in Colombo.
The bilateral relations were reinforced following the independence of Ceylon on February 4th, 1948, and the outbreak of the July 1952 Revolution. The Egyptian-Sri Lankan relations flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, in view of the institutional role of both countries in the Non-Aligned Movement.
Egypt was the first Arab and African country to open an Embassy in Colombo in 1957. In 2007, both countries celebrated the 51st Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.