Sri Lanka has been a close military ally for many years, as noted yesterday in the commemoration of the suffering endured in the various wars.
Whilst it is true that as a former British Crown Colony, and a staunch member of the Commonwealth relations have been close, it is not true that we are 'close military allies'
If that were the case, Britain would have done a great deal more to help the Sri Lankan Govt in their long and difficult struggle with the psychotic Marxists of the LTTE.
Had we done a deal in return for say, overseas basing rights in Trincomalee for the RN, then Sri Lanka's bloody civil war would have been over a lot sooner.
because a majority of Sri Lankans are descended from Brits