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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka Meets with Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou

2017/02/21

On February 20, 2017, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka during the 10th round of China-Sri Lanka diplomatic consultations.

Ranil Wickremesinghe said that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and China and the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Rice for Rubber. It is an important and memorable year in the history of Sri Lanka-China relations. The Sri Lankan national unity government attaches great importance to bilateral relations, and is willing to actively participate in the "Belt and Road" initiative, and support the construction of major projects such as the Colombo Port City and the Port of Hambantota, which will not only contribute to Sri Lanka's economic and social development and livelihood improvement, but also become a new milestone of Sri Lanka-China friendly cooperation.

Kong Xuanyou said that personally created by the older-generation leaders of both countries, China-Sri Lanka friendship has withstood the test of the ever-changing international situations and changes in domestic situations. Always supported by the two peoples, the friendship is worth cherishing. China regards Sri Lanka as an important partner in advancing the "Belt and Road" initiative. The Colombo Port City, the Port of Hambantota and other major projects embody the firm will of the two governments to carry forward the traditional friendship between China and Sri Lanka and achieve common development in the new era, which will benefit the two countries and even the people of the region. It is believed that with the care and promotion of leaders of both countries, China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership that features sincerity, mutual assistance and long-lasting friendship will continue to make new progress.

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