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PM Wickremesinghe Committed to Tackle Practical Difficulties of China-Sri Lanka Mega-Projects Cooperation

On March 14th, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Cheng Xueyuan held a working consultation with Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Temple Tree. Both sides reviewed the current progress of bilateral economic and trade cooperation and vowed to further promote pragmatic cooperation.

Ambassador Cheng highlighted the bilateral economic and trade relation, especially major-projects cooperation as the ballast stone of Sino-Sri Lanka relations. In order to strive for early harvest and bring tangible benefit to the two peoples, China stands ready to work with the Sri Lankan side to accelerate the implementation of the major-projects cooperation under the framework of the "Belt and Road" Initiative. During the meeting, Ambassador Cheng elaborated on current progress together with difficulties of the mega-projects cooperation between the two countries and called upon the Sri Lankan government pushing for practical solutions.

PM Wickremasinghe thanked China for its long-term support to Sri Lanka's economic and social development and hoped that China's assistance and aid would benefit more grassroot people. PM emphasized that Sri Lanka attaches great importance to mega-projects cooperation between our two countries and his commitment to tackle the practical difficulties listed by the Chinese side. The Temple Tree would urge the ministerial committee on Hambantota development and the Ministry of Southern Development to coordinate concerned departments to speed up the implementation of pragmatic cooperation such as the development of Hambantota Port and industrial zone, so as to bring real benefit to Sri Lankan people in an early date.

Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy Yang Zuoyuan, Minister of Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka, participated in this meeting.

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