Indian high commissioner in Colombo Ashok K. Kantha said yesterday (July 20) that ties between Sri Lanka and his country were extremely robust, even though occasionally issues did arise.

He made the remark during a speech to the annual general meeting of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo on ‘India Sri Lanka Trade and Economy relationship’.

Bilateral ties appeared to have nosedived with New Delhi’s support to the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN human rights council in March.

During a visit last month to Colombo, Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon urged Colombo to fulfil pledges made to India on reconciliation with the Tamils.

Referring to trade, Mr. Kantha said in 2011, the trade volume between India and Sri Lanka was 6.5 per cent of the island’s total trade.

But in the first six months of this year it was not so rosy with bilateral export volumes witnessing a sharp drop, he added.

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