China today gifted security equipment to be used by the Sri Lankan Parliament.
The Chinese Embassy in Colombo said that three Portable X-ray Machines and five Walk-through Metal Detectors were gifted today.
The equipment, valued at Rs. 33 million, were handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan on behalf of the Chinese Government.
The Embassy said that urgently needed security equipment provided by China will better secure the safety of Parliamentarians from all political parties, as well as all the Parliament staff, journalists and visitors.
Earlier on 17th June, the first batch of 20 senior Sri Lankan Tri-forces and police officers returned to Colombo after a 2-week training program in China. On 9th May, 10 police jeeps granted by China were handed over to Sri Lankan Police to reinforce its patrol and safeguard capacity.
The Embassy said that during President Maithripala Sirisena’s recent visit to China, President Xi Jinping had extended strong support from China to Sri Lanka with an emergency fund of 2.6 billion LKR for the latter’s security personnel and technical training, as well as security equipment and material.
Currently, the Chinese Government is studying implementing requests made by the Sri Lankan Government on a case by case according to the priority.
After the brutal terrorist attacks on 21st April in Sri Lanka, the Chinese government and the Chinese people have been standing together with Sri Lanka and firmly supporting Sri Lanka to safeguard its national security and stability.
China always regards Sri Lanka as a good neighbor, a good partner, a good friend and a good brother. All assistance from China to Sri Lanka, with no strings attached, represents the good will of the Chinese people, the Chines Embassy added. (Colombo Gazette)