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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 114

Sri Lanka and Thailand celebrates 50th anniversary .........

[b]Sri Lanka and Thailand celebrates 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties [/b]

[b]Bangkok, 26 November, ([/b] Sri Lanka and Thailand have begun celebrating their 50th anniversary of establishing formal diplomatic relations. Though the two countries have had close religious, cultural, political and trade relationships for over a thousand years the formal diplomatic links were established only on 20 November 1955.

To celebrate this diplomatic milestone a series of events have been organized by the Foreign Ministries and Embassies in the two countries.

The binding common denominator of the two countries is Buddhism. According to tradition, missionaries from Sri Lanka brought Buddhism to ancient Nakhon Pathom where Thailand's first Buddhist temple was built over more ancient Hindu holy places. Later, Sri Lankan kings brought missionaries from Thailand to reform the sangha in Sri Lanka.

Trade ties between Sri Lanka and Thailand too has grown rapidly. Currently it amounts to 15 billion Sri Lankan rupees (about Bt6 billion or US$147 million) . Trade ties will be further strengthened by the signing of a bilateral PTA agreement . There are prospects of these ties leading to a FTA.

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