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Seven agreements between Chinese Government and the Sri Lankan Government were signed yesterday.

The Prime Minister’s office said that these agreements were signed before Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang at the People’s Great Hall.

Seven agreements including the Exchange of confirmed offenders, launch of phase two of the Southern Highway, Agreement for the Mobile Vehicle Project for Kidney Disease Inspection, MoU between the Chinese Development Bank and the Sri Lanka Central Bank were thus inked.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang welcomed the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at a state ceremony in Beijing and called for expanding the pragmatic cooperation with Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accompanied by a business delegation arrived in China on Wednesday on a four-day official visit at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart following the welcoming ceremony, Premier Li Keqiang called for expanding the pragmatic cooperation with Sri Lanka and pushing the bilateral relations to a new stage.

Premier Li said that China's friendship with Sri Lanka has a long tradition, and the two countries have been in good relationship under the sophisticated international situation since the setting up of diplomatic relations nearly 60 years ago.

Chinese Premier said that it has been decided to offer a grant of 500 million Yuan to Sri lanka based on the Sri Lanka – Chinese friendship manifested by Sri lankan Prime Ministers tour.

He said China is glad to strengthen the exchange with people of high-level of Sri Lanka, deepen political trust and closely coordinate the cooperation with the country in regional and international affairs.

Premier Li said advancing the cooperation will bring benefits to the people in both sides.

The Chinese premier expressed his wishes that both sides will speed up the negotiation of the second phase of Hambantota port project, helping Sri Lanka to be an important transfer hub in international logistics.

Chinese government encourages domestic enterprises to invest in Sri Lankan building of port industrial parks, special economic zones and manufacturing industry.

The Premier said he wishes the move can be supported by the Sri Lanka government and to expand mutual communication in finance, technology, culture, and people-to-people exchange.

During the visit, the Sri Lankan Premier will also hold high level discussions with the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of The National People's Congress, Zhang Dejiang.

The discussions are expected to help advance the relations between the two countries to a new level.

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