President Maithripala Sirisena, expressing his gratitude for the efforts of the Chinese government to fight the CKDu in Sri Lanka by establishing a special hospital for Kidney patients said “Such goodwill measures will bring our two countries closer together”.
He stated this when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on him at his residence yesterday (July 08).
The leaders affirmed that China – Sri Lanka relation will rise to a new height as diplomatic relations between the two countries complete 60 years next year.
During President Sirisena’s visit to China last year, and subsequent visit by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to China last April, the leaders of the two countries reached broad consensus on further strengthening traditional bilateral friendship and forge ahead with cooperation on major projects.” This visit came as a result of that broad consensus of cementing relationship and the invitation extended by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to his Chinese counterpart.
Welcoming the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, President Maithripala Sirisena mentioned the millennia-long relationship traditional between the two countries. He further appreciated the assistance given by the Government of China during the last phase of war to eliminate terrorism from Sri Lanka.
He also appreciated the support extended by China when country was facing difficulties in international fora.
Foreign Minister Yi appreciated the leadership of President Sirisena in creating the environment for resumption of work of the Port City development project.
While welcoming more public and private Chinese investments to Sri Lanka, President expressed the importance of working on development corporation further.
Foreign Minister Yi will meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe too during his short visit to the country. (PMD)