President expresses gratitude to China for its support

 President  Sirisena with General  Chang Wanquan
President Sirisena with General Chang Wanquan

The Minister of Defence and State Councillor of the People’s Republic of China, General Chang Wanquan who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at the official residence of the President.

The President who recalled the long term relationship between Sri Lanka and China, appreciated the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka. He also extended gratitude to the Chinese government for the training opportunities which have been provided to Sri Lankan security forces for a long time.

The President commended the assistance given to Sri Lanka by the Chinese government during the crucial period of war in the country. He expressed his trust over China’s continues provision of required training for the security forces in Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena stated that the two countries will sign several agreements. He said those agreements will not do any harm to the pride, independence and national security of Sri Lanka.

General Chang Wanquan said that a strong foundation has been built for the betterment of the economy, society and the people under the current President.

He conveyed the congratulations by the Chinese President in this regard. General Wanquan further stated that China’s objective is to strengthen the long term relationship with Sri Lanka. He recalled that the diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka have a history of sixty years.

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