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Li Keqiang Meets with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister



In the afternoon of February 27, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and Sri Lanka, serving as good neighbors and partners to each other, enjoy profound traditional friendship. The Chinese government attaches great importance to developing relations with Sri Lanka, respects the development path independently chosen by the Sri Lankan people in line with their national conditions, and stands ready to, together with the Sri Lankan side, hold the general direction of the bilateral relations, consolidate mutual political trust, intensify high-level exchanges, deepen practical cooperation, and safeguard the common interests, so as to ensure a healthy and stable development of China-Sri Lanka strategic and cooperative partnership and bring tangible benefits to the two peoples. It is hoped that the Sri Lankan side could provide a sound legal environment for Chinese investment.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China always sticks to the principle of good-neighborliness, friendship, mutual benefit and win-win results in its exchanges with the neighboring nations. China will uphold the concept of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, communicate with its neighboring countries in a sincere manner, meet each other halfway, better integrate its development strategy with its neighbors and jointly build a community of shared destiny and common development. China will also make efforts to properly handle relevant issues through friendly consultation, make the bilateral cooperation withstand the test of times and distress, and bring each other opportunities and supports through the development of each nation, so as to safeguard regional peace and stability and achieve common development and prosperity.

Mangala Samaraweera said that both of Sri Lanka's political parties pursue a friendly policy towards China. The new government of Sri Lanka is ready to make joint efforts with China to deepen the existing sound relations between the two sides and uplift the bilateral cooperation in all fields to a new high. Sri Lanka welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in Sri Lanka and will provide convenience and create favorable environment for them.

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