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Chinese President Xi Jinping Meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping Meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Beijing

Beijing, March 27, 2024, The Europe Today: Chinese President Xi Jinping engaged in discussions with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena during their meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.

President Xi underscored the longstanding friendship between China and Sri Lanka, emphasizing the deep-rooted historical ties and the natural affinity shared between the two nations. He emphasized that strengthening and advancing bilateral relations between China and Sri Lanka not only aligns with the fundamental interests of both countries but also reflects the shared aspirations of their respective peoples.

Expressing China’s commitment to fostering closer ties with Sri Lanka, President Xi highlighted the importance of upholding the principles embodied in the Rubber-Rice Pact. Characterized by values such as independence, self-reliance, unity, and mutual support, President Xi emphasized the need to uphold these principles to consolidate political mutual trust and enhance exchanges of governance experiences.

Furthermore, President Xi outlined China’s willingness to expand practical cooperation with Sri Lanka and advance high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. Stressing the importance of mutual assistance and enduring friendship, President Xi called for joint efforts to strengthen the strategic cooperative partnership between China and Sri Lanka.

In response, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena expressed gratitude for the warm reception and reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to deepening cooperation with China. He acknowledged the significance of the historic friendship between the two countries and underscored Sri Lanka’s readiness to collaborate with China across various domains.

The meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena signals a reaffirmation of the strong bonds between China and Sri Lanka and underscores the commitment of both nations to furthering mutual understanding, cooperation, and friendship in the years ahead.