China agrees to provide Rs. 2.6 billion worth military assistance

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 8:31


Sri Lanka and China have reviewed the entire range of defense cooperation between the two countries during the recent visit of Sri Lanka's Secretary of Defense to Beijing, to participate in the 2nd China - Sri Lanka Defense Cooperation Dialogue.

At the invitation of the Chinese Government Secretary of Defense led a delegation to attend the 7th Xiangshan Forum on 10th to 12thOctober and 2nd China - Sri Lanka Defense Cooperation Dialogue from 12th to 15th October.

Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission co-chaired the second China-Sri Lanka Defense Cooperation Dialogue in Beijing on October 13.

During the dialogue, the two sides had in-depth exchange of views on South Asian situation, bilateral relations and exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries.

The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of defense cooperation including high level exchanges, military assistance, training opportunities, collaboration between defense think tanks, intelligence cooperation, joint military exercises and participation in defense seminars, workshops and symposia.

During the meeting two agreements related to the provision of 2.6 billion rupees worth of military assistance and the provision of an Offshore Patrol Vessel to Sri Lanka was also signed at the conclusion of the Dialogue.