Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Kenya dates back to the year 1970. Both countries are members of the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), IORA and G77. The High Commission is accredited, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are approximately 400-500 Sri Lankans living and working in Kenya.

At the political and diplomatic level, Sri Lanka and Kenya have been maintaining close and cordial links over the years. The two countries are rooted by shared values, aspirations, and common interest to overcome the challenges of development. There have been bilateral visits at the highest levels.