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Wang Yi Met With Foreign Minister Peiris of Sri Lanka

2014/08/11

On August 10, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Professor Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka on the sidelines of the series of Foreign Ministers' meetings on East Asia cooperation in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Wang Yi said that the current China-Sri Lanka relationship maintains a sound momentum of growth. President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited China for the 4th CICA summit and had a successful meeting with President Xi Jinping. Major progress has been achieved in the Joint Feasibility Study on China-Sri Lanka Free Trade Area and infrastructure construction cooperation. Both sides should maintain high-level interactions, deepen practical cooperation in areas like economy, trade and infrastructure construction, jointly build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and foster new highlights of people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Peiris said that the friendship between China and Sri Lanka has not only withstood the test of time, but also has grown stronger, and now stands as a fine example of mutually beneficial relationship between developing countries. Sri Lanka supports the building of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and will make positive efforts in this regard. Sri Lanka is ready to work with China to expand bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, national defense and security, as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and push for new progress in the Sri Lanka- China strategic partnership of cooperation.

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