India is Sri Lanka's relative and closest friend and its growing close ties with China are not in any way a contraction to that, Sri Lankan Ambassador in New Delhi Prasad Kariyawasm said.
Addressing a talk at the Foreign Correspondent's Club in New Delhi on Friday, High Commissioner Kariyawasam said that Sri Lanka's ties with India and with China are "not a zero sum game".
"This is not a zero sum game. We consider India a relative and closest friend with whom we should have avery robust relationship" that should provide "net security in the region and in the maritime domain as well," said Kariyawasam.
He added that while ties with China are "very important and very old", the relationship was mainly concentrated on developmental opportunities.
"China is involved majorly in infrastructure development in his country," the envoy said.
"We don't see any contradiction in this (ties with China)," said the High Commissioner, adding that Sri Lanka was "very clear that any project undertaken by any other country would not affect the strategic balance and peace and security in the region".
He said Colombo is "very conscious that if India is in trouble we will be in trouble too, we are next to India, so why would we make any trouble for India,".