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Chinese President Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Conversation with His Sri Lankan Counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, Agreeing to Push Forward Bilateral Ties

On the afternoon of March 16, 2013, newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa congratulated Xi on his election as Chinese president, and said the two countries are close friends. The leaders and people of the two countries have kept close contacts and bilateral cooperation in various fields is fruitful. The Sri Lankan people appreciate China's assistance to help the country promote peace, stability and development. Rajapaksa added that Sri Lanka would continue to firmly support China on issues concerning its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Xi, for his part, thanked Rajapaksa for his congratulations. He said China and Sri Lanka are traditionally friendly neighbors. For many years, bilateral ties have maintained a momentum of healthy and stable development, with fruitful cooperation in all sectors. Xi also thanked the Sri Lankan president for the country's long-term support on issues regarding China's core interests.

Xi emphasized that China highly values the development of its relations with Sri Lanka. China firmly supports Sri Lanka's efforts to protect its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and would like to continue to provide assistance to Sri Lanka within China's capacity, said the Chinese president. Xi said that he hopes the two countries will make concerted efforts to promote their comprehensive cooperative partnership to even higher levels.

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