Chinese envoy to Sri Lanka

Friday, 06 February 2015 - 8:13

The Special Envoy of the Government of China Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Jian-chao called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera yesterday at the Foreign Ministry.

During the meeting, the Special Envoy conveyed warm greetings of the Government of China to the new Government and emphasized continuity of the close friendship and engagement with Sri Lanka reinforced by the exchange of high-level visits.

Minister Samaraweera warmly welcomed Special Envoy Liu Jian-chao to Sri Lanka, and reiterated Sri Lanka’s time-tested bonds of friendship and cooperation with China nurtured over the years.

Referring to the Sri Lanka - China relationship as an ‘all-weather friendship’, Foreign Minister Samaraweera pledged Sri Lanka’s support for the further consolidation of friendly relations between the two countries.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest ranging from bilateral political, economic, cultural cooperation to people-to-people contacts.

Special Envoy Liu Jianchao, who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, is also scheduled to call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also approved to continue the construction of the Colombo Port City project.

Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senarathna said the Prime Minister informed the Cabinet that there are no defaults found in the Environment report on the Colombo Port City project.

Foreign Minister Samaraweera is scheduled to undertake a bilateral visit to China in the latter part of February 2015 on the invitation of the Chinese Government.

The Chinese Government has also extended an invitation to President Sirisena to undertake a State Visit to China in March this year.