The Embassy said that on January 3rd, Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan called on President Maithripala Sirisena, and handed over a New Year greetings card from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
At the meeting Ambassador Cheng reaffirmed that China attaches great importance to the traditional friendly relations with Sri Lanka, the Chinese Embassy said.
In the new year, the China says it is willing to work together with the Sri Lankan Government and its people to jointly implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, deepen the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields, and promote the bilateral relation to a new height.
President Sirisena thanked President Xi for the New Year greetings and asked Ambassador Cheng to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi and the Chinese people.
President Sirisena highly praised the friendship between Sri Lanka and China, and thanked China for its selfless and valuable support for Sri Lanka’s economic and social development.
In the new year, Sri Lanka hopes to further strengthen the high-level exchanges between the two countries, actively participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, promote pragmatic cooperation in various fields and benefit the two countries and the two peoples.
Earlier, Ambassador Cheng also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)