President Maithripala Sirisena has defended Sri Lanka’s relationship with China.
The President, who has just returned after a visit to India, has said that the relationship between both countries are purely based on the economy and trade.
He said that any two countries which have a relationship based on the economy will not focus on anything else.
The President said that Sri Lanka will act responsibly on this matter.
There have been concerns raised both in India and in the US that China may attempt to use its relationship with Sri Lanka to establish a military base in Hambantota.
The President also said that Sri Lanka’s foreign policy is to maintain a neutral relationship with every country.
He said that if there is a rift between any country Sri Lanka will play a mediating role. (Colombo Gazette)