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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka

On July 8, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was paying an official visit to Sri Lanka, held talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera of Sri Lanka in Colombo. Both sides agreed to implement the consensus reached by both leaders and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields to maintain the strong development momentum of China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership.

Wang Yi said that the China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership featuring sincerity, mutual assistance and long-lasting friendship is the result of joint efforts by successive governments and generations of people of both countries, which has withstood vicissitudes of the international situation. President Xi Jinping drafted the blueprint for the development of bilateral relations during his historic visit to Sir Lanka in 2014. China's friendly policy to and mutually beneficial cooperation with Sri Lanka is oriented towards the entire population of Sir Lanka, which has not changed and will not change. At present, bilateral relations are on the track of healthy, stable and reciprocal development. We are willing to, together with Sri Lanka, implement the important consensus reached by both leaders and jointly push for constant progress of China-Sri Lanka relations so that both peoples can benefit more from bilateral cooperation.

Wang Yi pointed out that to preserve the strong development momentum of bilateral relations, both sides should maintain close high-level exchanges, strengthen friendly exchanges between political parties and governmental departments of both sides and constantly consolidate and enhance political mutual trust. The two countries should accelerate the alignment of development strategies and forge the "upgraded version" of bilateral cooperation and development. Both sides should take the joint-construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as an opportunity to give full play to the economic complementarity advantage of both countries, actively take measures to boost bilateral trade, steadily push forward major project cooperation in highway, railway, port, airport and others, well implement the construction of health care and other civil projects, explore new cooperation modes and expand new areas for cooperation so as to bring more tangible benefits to both enterprises and peoples. The two sides should promote non-governmental exchanges, enhance cooperation in areas including culture, education and tourism and jointly well prepare for the series of events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations as well as the 65th anniversary of the signing of Rubber-Rice Pact next year.

Mangala Samaraweera said that Sri Lanka-China friendship enjoys profound history and has been passed down for generations. Multiple mutual visits between both leaders in recent years have further deepened bilateral friendly relations. Sri Lanka cherishes the traditional friendship between both countries, commits to developing bilateral strategic cooperative partnership and appreciates China's long-term support and assistance to Sri Lanka's development. Sri Lanka will formulate and implement new national development plans, providing new opportunities for both sides to strengthen practical cooperation. The country looks forward to enhancing cooperation with China in such areas as economy, trade and investment, earnestly advance airport, port and other major cooperation projects and welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest and set up business in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is willing to, together with China, step up people-to-people and cultural exchanges, deepen the friendship between both peoples and jointly elevate Sri Lanka-China friendly cooperation to new levels.

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