State Minister of Finance Mahinda Samarasinghe said that Sri Lanka cannot go forward by having close links only with a few countries.
He said Sri Lanka’s international relations have improved after January 8 last year when the new Government took office.
The State Minister said that under President Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka has been able to obtain assistance from several countries, including the US and India.
He said that Sri Lanka will not forget the assistance given by China in the past but the Government feels Sri Lanka cannot move forward only with the backing of China.
The State Minister said the Government has also noted the importance of having very close relations with India.
He said that the Government will however also take decisions as a sovereign country while working with the international community. (Colombo Gazette)