Sri Lankan Prime Minister Arrives in China

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Arrives in China for Official Visit

Beijing, The Gulf Observer: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena commenced a significant diplomatic journey as he arrived in Beijing on Monday for a six-day official visit to China. This visit comes at the gracious invitation of Chinese Premier Li Qiang, signifying the deepening bonds between the two nations on the international stage.

As announced by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian on Friday, the visit holds substantial importance as it paves the way for substantive discussions between the Sri Lankan Prime Minister and Chinese leaders. The agenda is set to encompass a wide array of topics, including the continuation of the time-honored China-Sri Lanka friendship, the reinforcement of political trust, the expansion of practical cooperation, and deliberations on international and regional matters of mutual concern.

Highlighting the enduring camaraderie between China and Sri Lanka, Lin Jian emphasized the historical foundation of their relationship. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1957, both nations have exemplified mutual support and cordial coexistence, fostering a relationship characterized by equality and goodwill.

In recent years, the bilateral relationship has witnessed a surge in momentum, marked by frequent high-level exchanges and strengthened political rapport. The economic, trade, and cultural exchanges have deepened, showcasing the commitment of both countries towards mutual growth and prosperity. Furthermore, the alignment in international and regional affairs underscores the strategic significance of their partnership.

Recalling the significant participation of Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing last October, Lin Jian emphasized the mutual agreements reached during the event, which laid the groundwork for furthering China-Sri Lanka relations.

Expressing China’s earnest commitment to nurturing bilateral ties, Lin Jian reiterated China’s dedication to fostering high-quality Belt and Road cooperation with Sri Lanka. The focus remains on advancing the strategic cooperative partnership, characterized by genuine mutual assistance and enduring friendship.

The visit of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena is anticipated to yield fruitful outcomes, further solidifying the bonds of friendship and cooperation between China and Sri Lanka, and heralding a new chapter of mutual prosperity and development.