China will stand with Sri Lanka to protect country’s sovereignty at UNHRC: high-level delegation

Oct 09, 2020 (LBO) – China will firmly stand with Sri Lanka extend to protect the country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity at international fora including the United Nations Human Rights Council, the head of the high-level delegation from the People’s Republic of China has assured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The head of the delegation who is currently visiting Sri Lanka has also assured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa China’s continued assistance to Sri Lanka for the success of the country’s development drive.

“The present status of bilateral relations between China and Sri Lanka is highly satisfactory. Maintaining and promoting this friedship is a key priority of President Xi Jingping,” the head of the delegation said.

“China will firmly stand with Sri Lanka extend to protect the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity at international fora including United Nations Human Rights Council.”

The 7- member delegation led by Yang Jiechi, Politburo member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee called on President Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (9).

Holding several high-level positions at China’s Foreign Ministry Jiechi served as Chinese Ambassador to the United States of America from 2001-2005 and Foreign Minister of China from 2007-2013.

His current position in the Chinese administrations is equivalent to Vice Premier level.

Extending President Xi’s congratulations to President Rajapaksa over landslide victories at recent elections, Yang recalled that he visited Sri Lanka 35 years ago as an interpreter assisting a visiting Chinese delegation.

He noted that Sri Lanka is the first country in his four-nation tour of Asia adding that the President of China gives high priority to the enhancement of bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.

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