Sri Lanka and Bahrain established formal diplomatic relations on 27 June 1992, yet the relations between the two countries go back to the early 1970s as it was one of the initial Gulf destinations identified by Sri Lankan expatriates. Since then, the two island nations; which are known as “Pearl of the Gulf” (Bahrain) and “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” (Sri Lanka) share close and cordial relations in all aspects including trade, cultural and people-to-people contacts.
The total bilateral trade between Bahrain and Sri Lanka in 2018 was US $ 49.25 Mn, which is a 73% growth compared to the previous year. Miscellaneous electronic edible preparations and other equipment can be considered as main Sri Lanka’s export items to Bahrain over the last five years, which accounts for more than 50% of the total value of Sri Lanka’s exports to Bahrain in 2016 and 2017. Tea, solid tires, vegetables, fruits, spices, live fish, virgin coconut oil, are the other major export items to Bahrain from Sri Lanka. Imports from Bahrain include Aluminum & articles, Iron and Steel articles, and Petroleum bitumen.
Similarly, Bahrain is home to approximately 9,000 Sri Lankans and there are a considerable number of Sri Lankans who have been living in Bahrain more than
Marking the establishment of the 28th Year Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and Bahrain and also in line with the 72nd Independence Day of Sri Lanka Celebrations, a mega Cultural Show has been scheduled in the Kingdom of Bahrain in February 2020.