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President returns from China


President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island this morning after his official visit to China to attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations.

President Sirisena met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his official visit.


President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday after successfully completing a brief official visit to China bringing many developmental benefits to the country, while enhancing cooperation regarding the national security of Sri Lanka.

The official discussion held between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Chinese President Xi Jinping was concluded in a fruitful manner and the Chinese President pledged to provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka to curb terrorism.

The Chinese government has taken steps to provide a grant of Rs.2,600 million for Security Forces during this emergency situation on a request by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Chinese President has also agreed to immediately donate 100 jeeps and many other equipment costing Rs. 1,500 million to the Sri Lanka Police Department.

President Sirisena briefed his Chinese counterpart about the Easter Sunday attacks, steps taken by the government following the attacks and the new security mechanism put in place by the government.

The discussion also focused on strengthening cooperation in the defence sector and sharing intelligence between the two countries.

President Sirisena said that the country does not have technological expertise and equipment to trace individuals who are fanning the flames of terrorism and extremism by propagating false information through social media. The Chinese President agreed to provide necessary technological expertise and equipment to the country immediately.

He also informed President Sirisena that a Chinese technical team will be sent to Sri Lanka soon to look into the matter. Both leaders also discussed on the progress of development projects being implemented in the country with Chinese financial assistance.

President Sirisena said he expects to complete the construction of these projects soon.

A meeting between President Mithripala Sirisena and Prime minister of China Li Keqiang was held at Beijing on Wednesday (15th). China’s Prime Minister also stressed that China is firmly behind Sri Lanka in the fight against terrorism.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting Sri Lanka is on the increase, while Chinese entrepreneurs have been afforded more investment opportunities.

Meanwhile, addressing the International Conference on Asian Civilization, President Sirisena told world leaders that it is essential for all nations to join hands in their fight against global terrorism.

Leaders and representatives from 47 countries who were present at the International Conference on Asian Civilization expressed admiration of the President as a leader who has fought against terrorism and has carried a broader programme against terrorism.

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