SRILANKAN NEWS

China discusses Lankan projects with former President

A high-level delegation from China had talks with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today on some of the projects China is involved with in Sri Lanka.

The delegation led by Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of Communist Party of China (CPC) met Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed several issues, including the proposed investment zone in Hambantota, former Foreign Minister, Professor G.L Peiris said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party has stated that China will continue to stand with Sri Lanka as a true friend.

The CCP made this remark when the delegation led by Song Tao met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence, today.

The Chinese Communist Party invited a delegation of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to participate in a Conference which is to be held next June in China.

The President pointed out that enhancing the relationship between the SLFP and the Chinese Communist Party is very important for the relationship between the two countries, and added that his aim is to move forward the SLFP as a clean political party and a better political movement.

The President recalled with gratitude the assistance given by the Chinese Government for the development work in Sri Lanka and said that the mega development projects will contribute to build the economy of the country. He also said that the aim of the present Government is to strengthen China-Sri Lanka relations in every sphere.

Earlier today Song Tao also had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Wickremesinghe is to visit China in May on an invitation extended by the Chinese President.

Courtesy: Colombo Gazette